At least 10 dead in Cambodia hotel casino fire

At least ten people were killed in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in the fire of a gambling establishment hotel on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, in the midst of the end of year celebrations. ‘year.

The fire, which broke out around 11:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT) at Grand Diamond City, in the Cambodian town of Poipet, caused ” around 10 dead and 30 injured”, according to a preliminary report from the Cambodian authorities consulted by AFP.

A first assessment established on the Thai side reports thirteen injured tombs, indicated an official in charge of health issues in the province of Sa Kaeo.

“More than 50 people” are treated in hospitals in this border region of Cambodia, said Parinya Phothisat, kid governor. About sixty others left the hospital after a medical examination.

Images show the perilous maneuver of firefighters who, using a crane, tried to extract from a burning building people trapped on a balcony or the edge of the Windows.

The complex, several stories high, as well as a footbridge connecting two buildings, were ravaged by fire.

Thai firefighters were mobilized to bring the blaze under control, a source from the Thai Foreign Ministry said.

A member of a Thai rescue team told AFP that the fire quickly spread to the hotel gambling establishment, due to the presence of carpet.

He saw people jump from the roof and escape the flames.

Some 400 people work in Grand Diamond City, according to the Cambodian cops.

200 meters from Thailand

Foreign citizens were inside the building the moment the fire broke out, according to local media.

Citizens of Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in Asia, are prohibited by law from participating in gambling in gambling establishments.

But many foreign gambling establishments have spread to border towns, such as Poipet, where a Thai clientele flocks. Gambling establishments are officially banned in Thailand, prompting players to cross the border.

The Grand Diamond City is located about 200 meters from the border post, on the busy path that connects the Thai capital Bangkok to Siem Reap, a tourist town known for the fronts of Angkor located near.

In recent months, several deadly fires in night establishments, regularly suspected of not respecting basic safety rules, have broken out in Southeast Asia.

In August, a fire at a nightclub near Pattaya, Thailand, killed 26 people, mostly young locals who came to party.

A month later, 32 people were killed in the fire of a karaoke bar in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


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