At least 19 people are dead and 30 are missing after a fire broke out at a casino and hotel in western Cambodia.
The fire broke out at the Grand Diamond City Casino in Poppet City around midnight on Wednesday, the Commissioner General of the National Police said.
At 4am UK time (11am local time), police said the fire in the border area with Thailand had been brought under control.
One Thai national was among the dead and 32 Thais were being treated in hospital, said Prania Phothisat, the governor of Thailand’s Sa Kyaw province.
“The death toll could be more than 20,” said Sek Sukhum, head of Bante Menche’s provincial information department.
He said that up to 30 people are missing and 60 are injured.
Thailand’s public broadcaster reported that dozens of Thais were trapped inside.
Footage on social media showed guests dangling from windows or trapped inside the building, and city governor Kate Howell said firefighters and other emergency workers were trying to rescue people.
John Sagan works at the Holiday Palace Hotel, which is behind the Grand Diamond City Casino.
He told Sky News he initially thought the fire was in his own hotel but was told by a colleague it was the Grand Diamond.
He said the fire appears to have started in the casino’s kitchen area.
“Around 2-3 am my boss asked me to get my staff out and then I left the office to see what happened.
“When I was out, I was shocked to see it burning.”
Mr. Sagan said there was a sky bar called G360 on the 17th floor of the Grand Diamond where about 40 or 50 people were trapped.
He also said that at least two people had died after trying to jump to safety from the burning building.
Cambodian authorities had requested help from Thailand, according to Thai PBS, which said five fire trucks and 10 rescue vans had been sent across the border.
Poipet is a city in the Bante Menche province of western Cambodia, which sits opposite Thailand’s more affluent city of Aranya Prat, and both places are centers of cross-border trade and tourism.
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