Inferno at Cambodian casino-hotel kills 19

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A tragic fire started on the ground floor but swiftly spread through a family casino, according to reports. 

Around 400 people, including foreign nationals, were believed to be working at the venue.

At least 19 people were killed, and around 50 others injured as the fire ravaged the hotel-casino in Cambodia, with officials warning that the death toll could still rise with others unaccounted for.

The blaze at the Grand Diamond City hotel-casino in Poipet, on the border of Thailand, broke out late Wednesday night at around 11:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT/UTC). 

The fire was finally put out at 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Associated Press news agency cited Sek Sokhom, head of Banteay Meanchey’s information department as saying.

The fire had started on the ground level but swiftly spread through the multi-story structure, a volunteer with the Thai rescue organization Ruamkatanyu Foundation said.

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