Demolition of gutted Cambodian casino gets underway

Death toll from the blaze, which police suspect was caused by an electrical fault, stands at 26 dead, 57 injured.

Workmen have begun demolishing the gutted ruins of a five-story casino complex as Cambodian authorities promised a full investigation into a massive fire that left 26 people dead and a further 57 injured.

Of those killed in the blaze, authorities from the Cambodia-Thai border town of Poipet said 17 people were from Thailand while one Chinese, a Nepalese and a Malaysian also perished, adding, no Cambodians were believed to have died in the fire.

Another six bodies were also recovered from the Grand Diamond City Hotel and Casino amid a two-day search but had not been identified yet because they were burnt beyond recognition.

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