Seven cases of fire occurred during the four-day Khmer New Year celebrations, killing one person and injuring another, according to police.
Major General Neth Vantha, director of the Interior Ministry’s fire department, said yesterday from April 13 to 16, seven cases of fire occurred, fewer than last year’s 14.
He stated the fires occurred in Phnom Penh, Pursat, Preah Sihanouk, Mondulkiri, Kandal, Kampong Thom and Prey Veng provinces.
Maj Gen Vantha said the fire in Prey Veng killed a man while another sustained burns. Ten houses and two motorcycles were also destroyed.
“The seven incidents were caused by electrical faults, lit incense sticks and candles and arson,” he said.
A recent report by the Fire Department stated for the first three months of this year, 261 cases of fire occurred nationwide. From these, four were killed, 13 were injured and 189 houses and 60 market stalls were razed.
The report said 41 percent of fire cases was caused by electrical malfunction, 39 percent by lit incense sticks and candles, while causes for 20 percent of the cases remain unknown.
Maj Gen Vantha called on all residents and factory and enterprise owners to take extra precaution when using electricity and storing flammable material.
He said all homes and establishments should have fire extinguishers within the premises in case an accident occurs while burning rubbish and grass.