PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A fireplace burning via a Cambodian lodge on line casino has killed a minimum of 10 folks and injured 30 others, police stated Thursday, and neighboring Thailand despatched firetrucks to assist combat the blaze in a bustling border area.
Movies posted on social media confirmed folks apparently leaping from home windows after they had been trapped by the hearth on the Grand Diamond Metropolis On line casino and Lodge within the border city of Poipet. Thailand’s public broadcaster reported dozens of Thais had been trapped inside.
The blaze that began round midnight Wednesday was nonetheless burning Thursday morning.
At the very least 10 folks had been killed and one other 30 injured, some critically, stated Maj. Gen. Sithi Loh, police chief in Banteay Meanchey province.
He stated 360 emergency personnel and 11 firetrucks had been despatched to the scene and rescue groups had been searching for victims.
Sithi Loh stated the reason for the blaze was not but recognized. The on line casino employed about 400 staff.
Thai PBS reported that fifty Thais, each employees and prospects, had been trapped contained in the on line casino complicated. It reported that Cambodian authorities requested assist to take care of the hearth from Thailand, which despatched 5 firetrucks and 10 rescue vans.
Poipet in western Cambodia is reverse the extra prosperous Thai metropolis of Aranyaprathet, and there may be busy cross-border commerce and tourism.
Thai PBS cited studies that the Aranyaprathet Hospital’s emergency ward was full and different victims needed to be despatched to different hospitals.