Nearly 60 homes were destroyed when fire, whipped up by strong winds, raced through timber buildings in Russey Keo district’s Russey Keo commune early today.
No one was killed or injured in the 3.30am blaze in an area where narrow streets made it hard for fire trucks to tackle the flames.
Phnom Penh Municipal fire department director Prum Yorn said: “The houses were made of wood which caused the fire to spread quickly.
“The weather was windy and the road was so small so that the fire trucks found it hard to battle the fire.”
The initial conclusion was that the fire was caused by an electrical fault in villager Sin Yen’s house while he was sleeping.
Mr Yorn said firefighters used 32 trucks from the Phnom Penh municipal police department, the Ministry of Interior, Chroy Changvar district office, Russey Keo district office and the boat unit.
Fire trucks put out the fire in about two hours.