A fire that lasted more than 12 hours in a Cambodian hotel casino killed at least 19 people and injured scores more, with an official warning that other people could be missing.
“There are 19 dead so far as we see bodies and bones,” said Sek Sokhom, the director of the Banteay Meanchey provincial information department, warning that the dead figure could be higher” as rescue teams have not reached many parts of the complex.
Nhem Phoeng, the Poipet administrative chief said fire broke out at the Grand Diamond City hotel-casino in the border town of Poipet on Wednesday.
Maj Gen Sithi Loh, the police chief in Banteay Meanchey province, said many of the injured were believed to be in a critical condition, adding that 360 emergency personnel and 11 fire trucks were sent to the scene as rescue teams continue to search for victims.The cause of the fire so far remains unclear.
Police officials confirmed that about 400 people were in the building when the Casino was gutted by fire, stressing that authorities are still working to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Reacting to the development, an official from the Thailand’s foreign ministry said those injured had been transferred to hospitals in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province.
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto