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2 houses destroyed by fire at petroleum stock in Siem Reap

10-21-2010 13:11 BJT

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Two houses and a drink shop were burnt down late Tuesday night soon after fire extinguished at a petroleum stock inflamed by technical error, military police said Wednesday.

Nhem Sila, deputy military police chief of Siem Reap Province said the fire started at 11:40 pm on Tuesday and it could not be put off until after 2 am on Wednesday.

The fire took place at about 17 kilometers east of provincial town and had caused two houses and a drink shop burnt down.

In addition to the damages in properties, about 20,000 litters of diesel were also burnt down, he said.

However, he said, it was lucky that two of five workers working at the petroleum stock were in slight burns to their arms.

While investigation is still going on, he said, the fire was caused by the workers' error while transferring gasoline and diesel into the stock.

Nhem Sila said soon after he was informed of the fire, he went straight to the site and helped put off the fire with fire trucks and intervention forces.

The incident took place in Kork Thnaut Village, Bakang district in Siem Reap province, more than 300 km north of the capital of Phnom Penh.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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