Factory fire claims third victim

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Victims of the blaze at Calmette Hospital. Supplied

A third person has died following the Golden Rice Factory fire in Kampong Speu province’s Odong district, which killed two people and injured four others on Wednesday.

Choek Borin, provincial labour department director, yesterday said that according to the factory, a worker died at about 10am yesterday after being sent to Vietnam for treatment.

“Three of the injured victims were sent to a hospital in Vietnam but one of them died upon arrival,” he said. “Another is still being treated in the emergency ward at Calmette Hospital.”

Mr Borin identified the victim who died yesterday as Kruy Sinuon and the other two being treated in Vietnam as Sun Sovannara, and Sou Teav. He identified the victim in Calmette Hospital as Dy Rach.

He said that after the fire on Wednesday, all four injured victims were sent to Calmette Hospital, but three were badly hurt and were sent to Vietnam for treatment.

Mr Borin also said that Governor Vey Samnang has asked provincial Red Cross officials to provide food and money to all the victims’ families and take care of funeral arrangements.

He said that all the victims were covered under the National Social Security Fund, which provided about $1,000 to each of the families of the three dead victims.

The two other workers who died in the fire were identified on Wednesday as Eng Chanthy and Yoeu Yat.

“NSSF will also help pay for the injured victims’ treatment,” Mr Borin said, adding that factory has also insured the the workers and will resolve compensation issues with all the victims’ families.

Mr Borin added that according to police the fire was caused by a worker who was welding and sparked the blaze.

An official from Golden Rice, which was officially inaugurated on June 10, 2010, declined to comment yesterday.

The Labour Ministry yesterday issued a press release saying that the factory fire has claimed three lives.

“The ministry offers its condolences to the families of the dead victims and hopes those injured will recover soon,” it said.

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