Source: Khmer Times
Five people died and another three were seriously injured in two separate fires in Oddar Meanchey and Mondulkiri provinces over the weekend.
The fire in Mondulkiri province’s Sen Monorom town led to two deaths, three injuries and the destruction of Sen Monorom market.
Of 279 stalls at the market, 209 were destroyed, while two people died in the inferno, which sparked at about 2.15am on Saturday, said provincial police chief Ouk Samnang.
Mr Samnang identified the deceased as Seng Mo, 24, and Touch Navin, 13, and the three injured as Mak Sengvun, 52, Ngov Pisey, 23, and Mak Sopheak, 18.
“The bodies of the dead only had bones left,” he said. “We do not yet know the cause of the fire or the cost of the damages.”
Provincial Governor Svay Sam Eang visited the site of the fire and distributed aid to victims on Saturday evening.
Mr Sam Eang said the large inferno was the first to rip through a market in the province.
“As far as I know, Sen Monorom market was built during the 1990s and it has never had a big fire like this before,” he said. “This is the first fire and it killed two people and injured another three.”
Mr Sam Eang said firefighters struggled to gain full access to the fire to extinguish the blaze because their trucks could not smoothly navigate the narrow roads around the market.
“We are now discussing how to help vendors get back to their work as quickly as possible,” he added. “We are giving them a few days to sift through the rubble before we clear it out.”
In a separate case, three people died in a fire on Friday night in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapaing Prasat district.
A district police report said that a grocery shop was burned down in the fire, which also killed three people; a mother and her two daughters who were sleeping in the shop.
“An electric fault set fire to the shop while the shop owner and her children were sleeping,” the report said. “They could not escape in time.”
In 2017, there were 514 fires that killed 22 and injured 12 people.