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Pre-dawn blaze razes ten homes

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The homes were destroyed. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A pre-dawn fire razed ten homes in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday.

Deputy district Governor Dy Roth Khemrun said that nobody was hurt in the blaze which occurred at 1.30am in Chak Angre Krom commune.

He said the fire was caused by an electrical fault and that it was extinguished in about an hour.

He noted that firefighters used 22 trucks from the Ministry of Interior, the Phnom Penh municipal police department and Cambodia Beer Company to battle the fire.

Municipal Fire Department director Prom Yorn said the razed corrugated tin-roofed houses were made entirely of wood which caused the fire to spread fast.

“Because the road is so small, it was hard to bring the fire under control,” Mr Yorn added.

Earlier this month, a family of five suffered serious burns in a gas explosion in Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Hek district.

In early May, a woman died and four others were hurt in a fire at Indian restaurant Sher-E-Punjab in Phnom Penh.

According to the National Police, there were 514 fires across the country last year. Twenty-two people were killed and 128 injured.

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