Ten killed, scores injured in hotel-casino fire at Cambodian border

As many as 10 people have died in a massive fire at a hotel-casino on the Cambodia-Thai border. — AFP
As numerous as 10 individuals have actually passed away in a huge fire at a hotel-casino on the Cambodia-Thai border.– AFP

POIPET: At least 10 individuals were eliminated and numerous others are feared dead in a fire at a Cambodian gambling establishment, with a rescuer explaining how victims tossed themselves from a ledge in a desperate quote to get away the flames.

The blaze at the Grand Diamond City hotel-casino in Poipet, within view of the Thai border, broke out late Wednesday night, Cambodian authorities stated.

A provisionary cops report seen by AFP put the death toll at “about 10” however Sek Sokhom, director of the Banteay Meanchey provincial info department, later on stated authorities feared “lots” had actually been eliminated.

A volunteer with Thai rescue group Ruamkatanyu Foundation who wanted to stay confidential stated his group reached around 2 am (0730 GMT) and saw individuals leap from the structure.

” I saw individuals lacking the structure to get away from the smoke,” he stated, including that a group were likewise loaded onto a roof to prevent the flames.

” Then we saw some individuals leaping down,” he stated.

Video revealed the structure taken in by flames, with firemens having a hard time to include the blaze and rescuers trying to pluck individuals from a burning ledge.

In one clip, an unknown male is seen resting on a window ledge as smoke billows out of behind him. In another, a group of individuals gather on a ledge as flames approach.

A Thai foreign ministry source stated they had actually been collaborating carefully with regional authorities, “consisting of by sending out in fire engine from the Thai side”.

Thai authorities in neighbouring Sa Kaeo province later on stated more than 50 victims had actually been hospitalised there, with regional public health authorities Prapas Pookduang informing AFP that 13 individuals were “on life assistance”.

Sa Kaeo Governor Parinya Phothisat stated another approximately 60 individuals captured up in the fire had actually currently been inspected and cleared by Thai medical facilities.

He stated Thai health centers had actually dealt with 79 Thai nationals, 30 Cambodians and 8 Indonesians.

The Ruamkatanyu Foundation volunteer stated the blaze began on the very first flooring however spread rapidly along carpets, jumping up through the multi-storey structure.

Naphat Klonkliang, an officer with the structure, informed AFP they had actually obtained 2 bodies.

” The rescue group were having a hard time in the start and the primary factor was the smoke,” the officer stated.

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Cambodia is among Southeast Asia’s poorest nations and its people are formally disallowed from playing in the gambling establishments.

There are many hotel-casinos clustered along the Thai-Cambodian border, with Poipet a popular vacation location for visitors from Thailand, where most types of betting are unlawful.

The blaze follows 2 other deadly occurrences in home entertainment locations in neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam in 2022.

In August, a fire broke out at a Thai bar killing 26 individuals and hurting ratings more.

And in September, a blaze broke out in southern Vietnam, killing 32 individuals in a karaoke bar.

Concerns have actually long been raised over the area’s lax mindset to health and wellness guidelines, especially in its numerous bars, clubs and home entertainment locations.

A huge inferno appeared at a New Year’s Eve celebration at Bangkok’s trendy Santika club in 2009, killing 67 individuals and hurting more than 200.

The owner of Santika was imprisoned for 3 years over the blaze, which started when fireworks were triggered as a rock band used phase.


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