A fire ripped through Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district yesterday, razing dozens of wooden houses and killing a woman.
Chea Pisey, Russei Keo district governor, yesterday visited the site and said the fire broke out about 9:20 am yesterday in Tuol Sangke I commune’s Baktouk village.
“Sixteen houses and a house with 79 rental rooms were completed destroyed,” Mr Pisey said.
“One woman’s charred body was found after police officers combed the rubble,” he said.
The fire was extinguished at about 10am when police, military police and fighters joined hands to battle the blaze.
“We used 43 fire trucks to put out the fire” Mr Pisey said. “Right now our police officers are trying to figure out the reason why the fire broke out.’’
A 35-year-old witness who declined to be named said that the fire started from one of his neighbour’s houses when a gas bottle exploded and caught fire.
Sak Sophearun, 32, whose house was on fire, said yesterday she asked authorities for some assistance so that she could rebuild her home. “I don’t know why the fire occurred but I saw the smoke blowing up from the north of my house and then swept through my house very quickly,” she said.
“We don’t know where we will stay tonight because my house is completely destroyed,” she said.
Colonel Prum Yorn, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Fire Department, said yesterday that his officers are still investigating the fire.
Col Yorn said police officers are working to identify the dead woman.
“We could not identify the victim yet,” he said.
According to the report of Interior Ministry’s Fire Prevention and Rescue Department, from January to February 22, 118 cases of fire occurred, killing five people and injuring two.
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