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20180308 Lucky escape for five students in house fire
Malaysia Mar 08 2018 “Houses”
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Lucky escape for five students in house fire
Updated: 2018-03-08 19:06
IPOH: Five Ungku Omar polytechnic students escaped in the nick of time when a fire broke out at their rented terrace house in Taman Cempaka near here.
During the 3.50pm incident Thursday (March 8), the students were relaxing in the living room of their double storey house when they noticed a burning smell.
One of the students S. Kugannan, 22, said they found one of the rooms on fire when they ran upstairs to investigate.
The final year electrical engineering diploma student said his assignments have also gone up in flames.
"We did not manage to save our important documents, but quickly took the motorcycle and car keys, and ran out of the house.
"Three of our housemates were still in class at the time of the tragedy," he said, adding that they immediately called the Fire and Rescue Department.
Second year Marine Engineering student M. Kuhen said he was just returning from class when he saw flames engulfing the house.
"I could not believe what was happening, but I am glad that all my friends are safe.
"My friends were saying that they heard a spark before the fire spread within seconds," he added.
Ipoh Fire station chief Mohd Subri Hussein said fire engines arrived at the scene five minutes after receiving a distress call.
He said the house on the right side of the burnt house was not occupied while a woman lives in the house on the other side.
"The unoccupied house was 100% burnt, the house with the students were 90% damaged, while for the other house, it was 5% damaged.
"We managed to put out the fire in 15 minutes," he said, adding that the cause of the incident has yet to be determined.
Web Source： The Star Online