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

At least seven people have died and dozens injured in a fire at a casino and hotel in western Cambodia.

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.

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.

Fifty-three people are injured and eight are missing.

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.

John Sagun could see the fire from his workplace. Photo: John Sagun

John Sagun works at the Holiday Palace Hotel, which is behind the Grand Diamond City casino.

He told Sky News he initially thought his own hotel was on fire, but a colleague told him it was the Grand Diamond instead.

He said the fire appeared to have started in the casino kitchen.

“Around 2 or 3 a.m. my boss told me to evacuate our staff, then I left the office to see what had happened.

“When I was outside, I was shocked to see it burning.”

Mr Sagun said the Grand Diamond had a sky bar called G360 on the 17th floor where around 40 or 50 people were trapped.

He also said at least two people died after trying to get to safety from the burning building.

Fire in Poipet, Cambodia.  Photo: National Police General Commissariat, Cambodia
Photo: National Police General Commissariat, Cambodia

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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