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Fire rips through warehouse in capital

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
A firefighter battles the blaze yesterday in the capital’s Chbar Ampov district . KT/Pann Rachana

A fire ripped through a kitchenware warehouse yesterday afternoon in Phnom Penh, damaging products stored inside.

Lieutenant Colonel Oum Chantha, deputy chief of the municipal fire department, said the fire broke out at about 2.30pm at the warehouse located in Chbar Ampov district’s Chbar Ampov II commune.

“We used about 20 fire trucks to put out the fire. The situation is 100 percent under control,” Lt Col Chantha said. “We do not yet know what caused the fire and the costs of the damages. No one died or was injured when the fire broke out at the warehouse.”

He added that the kitchen products stored inside the warehouse were imported from Thailand and Vietnam.

Vong Pov, a warehouse employee, said he saw the fire at about 2.30pm as he was loading kitchen products into a vehicle.

“I saw the fire as I was lifting goods and putting them into my vehicle,” Mr Pov said. “Then I smelled smoke and when I looked up, I saw smoke coming out of the roof of the warehouse.”

“I then drove my vehicle out and saw the blaze,” he added. “I do not know what caused it because everyone was running away from the blaze.”

According to a report by the Interior Ministry’s fire department, 556 cases occurred in the first nine months of this year throughout the Kingdom. The figure shows an increase of 122 when compared to the same period last year.

It said that fires have claimed a dozen lives and left 85 others injured so far this year. It noted that 534 homes have been destroyed.

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