At least 10 people died in the fire of a casino and a hotel in Poipet, Cambodia | world news

At least 10 people have died and dozens trapped in a fire at a casino and hotel in western Cambodia, according to local media.

The fire at the Grand Diamond City Casino in the city of Poipet broke out around midnight on Wednesday, said the General Commissariat of the National Police.

Just after 4am UK time (11am local time), police said the fire had been extinguished.

Thai public broadcaster Thai PBS said 50 Thais – employees and customers – were trapped inside the casino complex.

Parinya Phothisat, the governor of Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, said one of those killed was a Thai national and 32 Thais were being treated in hospital.

Footage on social media showed guests hanging from windows or trapped inside the building and city governor Keat Hol said firefighters and other rescuers were trying to rescue people.

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Photo: National Police General Commissariat, Cambodia

The Cambodianess website quoted Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police Commissioner Major General Sithi Loh as saying around 30 people were injured.

Cambodian authorities have requested assistance from Thailand, according to Thai PBS, which said five fire engines and 10 rescue vans had been dispatched across the border.

Poipet is a town in Banteay Meanchey province in western Cambodia, which sits opposite the wealthier Thai town of Aranyaprathet, and both places are centers of cross-border trade and tourism.

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