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At least 10 people have died in a fire that engulfed a hotel and casino in Cambodia

A huge fire engulfed the Grand Diamond City Hotel and Casino complex in the popular Cambodian tourist town of Poipet, just across the border from Thailand, on Wednesday night.

Nhem Phoeng, a senior Poipet City Hall official, told the Phnom Penh Post that more than “more than ten people died” at 9:10 a.m. local time and more than 30 people were injured, many of whom were transported to Thailand and hospitalized there.

Phoeng added that most of the victims were Cambodian and Thai employees.

Videos posted on social media appear to show people sitting on windowsills and falling to the ground trying to escape. Peerapan Srisakorn, an official with the Aranyaprathet Rescue Foundation, told CNN he saw two people die and several break their legs after jumping from the burning building.

The fire raged for more than five hours, according to Major General Sithi Loh, commissioner of the provincial police. Police said 400 people were inside the building when the fire broke out.

Kun Kim, vice chairman of the National Committee for Disaster Management, reportedly said helicopters and army commandos had helped the rescue efforts.

According to AFP, Poipet’s casinos are popular among visitors from Thailand, where most forms of gambling are illegal.

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