Fire de­stroys fac­tory in the cap­i­tal

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

ALARGE fire “com­pletely de­stroyed” a gar­ment fac­tory in the cap­i­tal’s Vat­tanac In­dus­trial Park yes­ter­day morn­ing, caus­ing $5 mil­lion in dam­ages and leav­ing thou­sands of em­ploy­ees with­out a job, of­fi­cials said.

The fire, in Por Sen Chey district, caused $5 mil­lion in dam­ages, but no one was in­jured, said Ou Ratana, Min­istry of Labour of­fi­cial in charge of in­spec­tions. Ratana said he will call rep­re­sen­ta­tives, work­ers and the em­ployer to meet in the next few days.

Deputy Chief of the Ph­nom Penh Fire Depart­ment Kong Tho said 30 trucks were used to ex­tin­guish the blaze.

“We tried our best but could not save the build­ing,” Tho said.

Sen Sarith, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the gar­ment work­ers, said more than 2,000 peo­ple work in the build­ing.

“I ask the em­ployer and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to solve this prob­lem,” Sarith said. “Don’t re­duce the num­ber of work­ers.”

Lo­cal me­dia quoted district Po­lice Chief Yim Sarann say­ing that the fire was likely caused by a welder in the build­ing.

The Ph­nom Penh Fire Depart­ment has re­sponded to 76 blazes so far this year, re­sult­ing in seven deaths, of­fi­cials said.

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