Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained From Club Fire

A security guard injured in a fire at Phnom Penh’s Key Club last week has passed away in the hospital, police said Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the fire to six.

Dy Lida, 32, died at Calmette Hospital on Monday night due to burns suffered in the September 7 blaze, which killed two waitresses and three female teenage patrons, according to Meng Vemeandara, deputy chief of police in Meanchey district.

“He died because he was seriously burned across his face and body,” he said.

He added that the families of the other five victims had visited police Wednesday to negotiate compensation—two days after a representative of at-large club owner Phon Bunthoeun offered each family $1,500 via police.

“I invited all the victims’ families to talk about compensation but they did not agree with the amount,” he said, adding that the club owner’s offer now stood at $2,000.

“The amount…is not enough for covering my daughter’s funeral,” said Doung Sreymon, whose daughter Sao Mesa, 18, died in the blaze.

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