A fire ripped through a Taiwanese-owned garment factory in Phnom Penh yesterday, causing extensive damage.
The Makalot Garment factory, which employs more than 6,000 workers and produces various garments in Meanchey district, was heavily damaged by the early-morning blaze, said Lieutenant Colonel Prom Yorn, chief of the municipal fire department.
“The building and all property inside was either damaged or completely destroyed by the flames which started at about 4.30am,” he said, adding that firefighters struggled to contain the raging blaze.
Lt Col Yorn said more than 30 fire trucks were used to combat the blaze, which was spreading from one building to another within the factory’s compound.
“We needed 32 fire trucks from different authorities, companies, and parts of the city to put out the fire and we finished extinguishing the fire at around 8.30 am,” Lt Col Yorn said.
Lt Col Yorn said no one was injured or killed as the fire swept through the structures, adding the blaze was sparked by an electrical fault.
“So far this year, we have had 76 fires that have killed eight people and injured 12,” Lt Col Yorn noted.
According to the Interior Ministry, there were 612 fires across the kingdom last year. The blazes killed 14 people and injured 54, while 1,341 shops and 760 houses were destroyed.
Last year, the government purchased 113 fire trucks from China that were distributed to provincial police stations across the country to bolster the kingdom’s firefighting capabilities.