Deadly fire at Cambodian casino blamed on electrical fault

An electrical fault caused a devastating casino fire that killed 26 people, Cambodian authorities said on Saturday (Dec 31), with many of the bodies found in stairways or trapped in rooms after rescuers failed to reach them in time.

The blaze at the Grand Diamond City hotel-casino in Poipet town, near the Thai border, broke out around 11.30pm on Wednesday night (Thursday, 12.30am, Singapore time).

It rampaged through the multi-storey casino-hotel complex, with dramatic images and rescuers telling of people forced to jump from ledges and windowsills to escape the flames.

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