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20180208 Fire and Rescue Department stops blaze from destroying houses
Malaysia Feb 08 2018 “Houses”
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Fire and Rescue Department stops blaze from destroying houses
Updated: 2018-02-08 09:13
KUALA TERENGGANU: Fire and Rescue Department personnel managed to stop a blaze from spreading to nearby houses at Kg Panji Wakaf Beruas after a house there caught fire.
Kuala Terengganu fire station chief Rozizah Abnihajar said they received a call at about 4.55pm and took about eight minutes to reach the scene.
However, the wooden house had been completely destroyed when they arrived as the fire spread quickly due to strong winds.
"We managed to extinguish the fire in about seven minutes and also saved two adjacent houses and a car belonging to one of the neighbours," she said adding that 18 personnel and three fire engines rushed to the scene to put out the flames.
Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire and losses are estimated to be valued at RM100,000.
The house's only resident, 45-year-old Wan Azhar Wan Dagang was not at home when the incident happened as he had gone to a nearby shop to buy cigarettes.
"When I returned, I saw the house in flames around 4.45pm," he said when met at the scene.
The incident came as a shock for the house-painter as he had earlier returned to the house at around 4pm to rest and have a meal after completing a job for his neighbour.
The heat and fire were too strong for him to enter the house which he had inherited from his late father.
Another brother Wan Othman, who lived nearby, called the Fire and Rescue department when he heard popping noises and saw smoke coming from the house.
"It sounded like something was on fire so I went to check on him but he was not home when it happened," he said.
An officer with the Wakaf Mempelam state assembly contributed RM500 as immediate aid to the victim.
The Terengganu welfare department also said it will help the victim rebuild his home or donate a sum of RM25,000 once investigations are completed.
Web Source: The Star Online