The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Eight die in Cambodia night market blaze: Police


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Eight people, including four children, were killed in a fire that tore through a popular night market in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap early on Saturday, police said.

The children, aged between nine and 14, were sleeping with their families on the upper floor of a building on the premises when the blaze took hold in the early hours, said Mr Sath Nady, chief of police in northwestern Siem Reap province.

"Eight people from two families died in the fire. They could not find their way out," he told AFP, adding that two others were seriously injured.

The inferno, which raged for some two hours, was apparently caused by an electrical fault, Mr Sath Nady said.