Fires kill girl in Cambodian capital, empty 14 homes in Kampong Speu

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): A 14-year-old girl died in a house fire in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on May 23, while 14 houses in Phnom Sruoch district , in the province of Kampong Speu, were badly damaged by fire. the day before, according to local authorities.

In Phnom Penh, Meanchey district deputy police chief Kim Kalyan told the Post that a fire broke out in a rented unit in Sonsom Kosal 4 village of Boeung Tompun I commune, killing the girl who was later identified as Chey Lang Sim.

Citing villagers who live near the scene, Kalyan said that around 7.30am smoke was noticed coming from the building where the teenager lived, with flames noticed shortly after. The villagers attempted to put out the fire, but tragically did not realize anyone was inside as the door was locked.

When they arrived, the firefighters broke down the door to soak the interior and prevent the fire from spreading and discovered the unconscious and seriously burned victim. Firefighters transported the girl to hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival, he said.

“Initial investigations suggest an electrical error was the cause of the fire, but investigations will continue,” he added.

According to Kalyan, on the morning of the incident, the girl’s parents left her at home and went about their business as vendors in a nearby market. When they heard about the fire, they rushed home, but it was too late to save her.

In Kampong Speu province, Treng Trayoeng township police chief Prak Bunlay told the Post that 14 houses in Treng Trayoeng market were badly damaged by fire on the evening of May 22.

“After the fire was extinguished, police determined that the fire started at the home of a 53-year-old man named Koy Van Thoeun. There was no one home at the time of the incident. fire, so they concluded it was due to an electrical fault,” he said.

He said the fire caused no casualties but severely damaged 14 homes, resulting in significant loss of personal property.

So far this year, a total of 252 fires have been recorded, resulting in 11 deaths and 31 serious injuries. A total of 390 homes and 40 shops were destroyed, according to data from the national police fire and rescue service.