At least 19 people were murdered, and more than 60 were hurt in a large fire at a Cambodian hotel and casino that lasted more than 12 hours on Thursday.
Other victims were presumably still missing.
To deal with the problem in the busy border town of Poipet, neighboring Thailand despatched firetrucks and emergency personnel.
Sek Sokhom, chief of the information department for the province of Banteay Meanchey, stated that the death toll was anticipated to climb because some victims were thought to still be under debris or in closed chambers that rescue crews could not quickly enter.
More than 60 people, according to him, were hurt.
He stated that among the deceased and hurt were citizens of many other countries, including Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian.
Their bodies were being taken to a nearby Buddhist temple.
People were seen falling from a roof in social media videos taken at the Grand Diamond City casino and Poipet hotel after being trapped by the fire.
Both clients and employees were mainly from the nearby Thai country.
Onlookers could be heard shouting requests to rescue individuals stranded on the roof of the hotel complex, which is more than a dozen floors tall at its tallest point, in a video provided by Cambodia’s firefighting service.
As the flames climbed to the roof, at least one individual was seen falling from the footage.
Calls for assistance were received around 4 a.m. from the 13th, 14th, and 15th floors, according to a post by the Department of Fire Prevention, Extinguishing, and Rescue. and hands were seen signaling from windows and inside the building, using a cell phone’s illumination.
On the fire department’s YouTube video, a firefighter comments, “The fire was enormous, and inside the casino, so it was tough for our water cannons to reach it.”
He said that was the cause of the fire’s extended burn time.
At 2 p.m., the fire that started Wednesday night at midnight was extinguished. Sek Sokhom added that the rescue effort was still on Thursday.
He said a preliminary examination revealed that an overload might have started the fire due to the New Year’s decorations utilizing more electricity, which led to cables overheating and burning.
Sithi Loh, the head of the Banteay Meanchey police, had said that 11 firetrucks and 360 members of the emergency services had been dispatched to the scene of the fire, whose origin was yet unknown.
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