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Thread: Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’

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    Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’


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    Wow been there a few times, and whilst not really a tourist market the locals must be gutted

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    I see Jim has some shots of this on his FB page...hopefully he will drop some in here

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    Is that near the St 104 area? There was a big enough market there and I'd a view of it from the Ohana hotel. It looked more for locals than tourists too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    Is that near the St 104 area? There was a big enough market there and I'd a view of it from the Ohana hotel. It looked more for locals than tourists too.
    Yes it's in that direction (next street on the right side after the night market area heading south from 104).

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    Wonder what started it???

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    I slept thru it and on my way to work hit the road block as people were sifting thru the remains. Saw some FB shots of the blaze and looked like from the center outward, far enough from the fire trucks. Draw your own conclusions. The poorest of the poor were scavenging metal and anything they could recycle. Others were sifting the ashes where jewelry shops were located. Hopefully they will rebuild it and with a few more safety features as well.

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    Challenges of the Phnom Penh Fire Department - CNN iReport

    Here are a few shots from a fire I shot in 2012. Safety standards havent improved and markets such as the old market are still plentiful around town.

    I would rather shoot happy things.
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    Very very sad,as if being poor is not enough of a burden.

    good pics as always Jim
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    A pic from the Ohana hotel in June 2013.
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    That pic from the O hana is actually Kandal Market. They had a small fire in there not long ago but got it out fast. That building with the green tarp is now complete. As with the Old Market, Kandal Market sits on some prime real estate, however one of the pit falls it the drains dont drain in that area and the market floods with each heavy down pour.

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    I see where I'm getting confused now, Ohana is on street 148 not 104, that's where the girly bars are

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    OK I was confused too.. I misstook your first shots to be Kandal also..

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    the market has been cleaned out and construction for new stalls has already begun. this was last night and tonight even more vertical beams set.

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    ^ great to hear that the are rebuilding Jim...I did have my suspicions that big biz was behind this and that it would be lost forever

    It was like a rabbits warren in there..not hard to understand how it could be so devastated so quickly if you have wandered through it

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    What a difference a day makes.

    I too had my suspicions, but with so many lots still open and slated for development that hasnt happened yet, it would be criminal. Not that that means anything over here either.

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