29 Dec, 2022
By FactsWow Team
At least 10 people have been killed and 30 injured in a massive hotel fire in Cambodia.
About 50 people were reportedly trapped at the Grand Diamond City Hotel in Poipet after a fire lasted for hours. Shocking footage from the scene showed people falling to the ground as they jumped to escape the fire on the fifth floor.
In addition to extensive damage, partial collapse of buildings was reported, but firefighters later claimed about 70% of the fire was under control.
Other parts of the building were also observed to 'lean' dangerously into the fire for several hours, which is believed to have begun around midnight.
A total of 53 people were said to have been rescued as of 8:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. GMT) as the fires continued.
Rescuers have been sent across the border from Thailand to help fight the fires. Group leader Pacharin Theinson reveals his ferocity prevented them from entering the premises.
When they arrived, the fire had already engulfed the building, so they couldn't go inside, he told CNN.
Patcharin Thaenthon added that many of the victims appeared to have died from smoke inhalation. Although the speed of the initial emergency response was not yet clear, civilian volunteers also joined the fire brigade in response and rescue operations.
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