At least 10 killed in Cambodia border hotel casino fire

Phnom Penh – At least 10 people were killed and 30 injured in a fire at a hotel-casino in Cambodia, police said Thursday, as neighboring Thailand sent fire trucks to help fight the blaze in the bustling border region.

Videos posted on social media showed people apparently jumping from windows after being trapped in flames at the Grand Diamond City Casino and Hotel in the border town of Poipet. Thailand’s public broadcaster reported that dozens of Thais were trapped inside.

The blaze, which started around midnight Wednesday, was still burning Thursday morning.

At least 10 people were killed and 30 others were injured, some seriously, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Major General Sithi Loh.

He said 360 first responders and 11 fire trucks had been dispatched to the scene and rescue teams were searching for the victims.

Sithi Loh said the cause of the fire was not yet known. The casino employs about 400 workers.

Thailand’s public broadcaster reported that 50 Thais, including employees and customers, were trapped inside the casino complex. Cambodian authorities asked Thailand for help in dealing with the fire, and Thailand sent five fire trucks and 10 rescue vehicles, the report said.

The city of Poipet in western Cambodia sits opposite the wealthier Thai city of Aram, where cross-border trade and tourism is brisk.

Thailand’s public broadcaster cited reports that the emergency ward at Aranyaprathet Hospital was full and other victims had to be taken to other hospitals.

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