Survivors Sift Through Debris, Omens After Fatal Gas Fire

On Saturday at about 4:30 p.m., Prak Lamhong was shaken awake from an afternoon nap by his 8-year-old daughter as explosions rocked the ground floor of the family’s home and gas-canister-refill shop in Daun Penh district.

The 70-year-old said he, his wife and two children were trapped in the upstairs apartment because his 27-year-old son, who held the house key, was working below. His wife, Ly Soeurng, saved him, a son and herself by busting open a wall with a piece of scrap of metal through which they were able to flee.

“I was lucky that my wife broke through the small wall and saved us,” he told VOD as he sat in front of the wreckage on Monday morning. “If not, we could have been stuck inside…my other son and I did not have the strength to break through. We survived because of my wife.”

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