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Four dead in shop fire

Mom Kunthear / Khmer Times Share:
It took 16 fire engines and about three hours to put out the blaze in which three adults and a child were killed. Supplied

Four people were killed in a fire at a computer shop on Monday night in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

Officials said they could not yet work out what caused the fire.

Municipal Fire Department director Prom Yorn said yesterday that the four had been sleeping in the shop when the fire broke out at 11pm.

“Sadly, the victims were killed in the fire. We are investigating the reason for the fire,” he said.

Fire department officials tried to put the fire out without letting it spread to other houses, but they could not get to the victims on time.

The department used 16 fire engines to fight the fire before putting it out at about 2am yesterday.

Three of the victims were named as Sorn Tith, 30, Ouk Sareang, 27, and Kea Chantha, 23. The name of the fourth victim, an orphan child, was not known.

Their bodies were sent to Calmette Hospital for their families to take to their hometowns for funerals.

Fire officials found two victims near a locked door and the others in a bathroom.

“Almost all the computers and other property in the shop were completely destroyed in the fire,” Mr Yorn said.

In the first six months of this year, there were 52 outbreaks of fire, with two deaths and three people injured. The numbers of fires has increased by 11 on the same period in 2016.

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