FOLLOWING the huge blaze a Cambodian hotel-cum-casino in Poipet, just opposite Rong Kluea market in Aranyaprathet subdistrict, Sa Kaeo province, last December killing 22 employees and gamblers, another hotel in this border town caught fire at 10 p.m. last night (Sep. 15) but fortunately there were no casualties, Naewna newspaper said today.
Just as Sa Kaeo immigration and customs officials together with rangers from the 1302nd Battalion were closing Ban Khlong Luek Permanent Border Checkpoint, Thais crossing back from Poipet informed them that a fire was raging on the rooftop of the 10-storey Ming Do Hotel.
This hotel is just 500 metres from the Thai-Cambodian border and the fire could be seen from a distance. Thai officials observed the situation and waited for a request to help put it out.
A little later Mr. Chakkraphong Panchote, Aranyaprathet district chief, did receive a request for help from the Cambodians and quickly sent fire and water trucks as well as rescuers to help Cambodian firefighters put out the blaze.
It took about an hour to control the hotel rooftop fire and there were no injuries. The mainly Chinese guests panicked but all escaped safely.
Preliminary inspection by Cambodian officials indicated that the fire was sparked by a short circuit that quickly set mattresses, beds, other furniture and antiquities kept in a rooftop storeroom ablaze.
However it did not spread to any of the guest rooms with this being solely a hotel and not a casino.
A huge fire at a casino-hotel complex in Cambodia’s Poipet border town that broke out around midnight on Dec. 29, 2022 raged for 10 hours before it was finally extinguished by Cambodian and Thai firefighters.
At least 27 people were killed and 112 others were injured. Seventeen of the dead were Thai nationals, and one each were Nepalese, Malaysian and Chinese. At least 27 of the injured were treated in hospitals.
Top and Front Page: Fire raging on the rooftop of Ming Do Hotel in Cambodia’s Poipet border town.
Insert: Hotels guests assembled at a safe distance from the fire after all managed to escape. Photos: Naewna