Longhouse destroyed in fire, resident dies from suspected heart attack

Residents attempt to put the flames out.

MARUDI, Jan 31: An intense fire destroyed the 37-door Rumah Langat Anthony Collin longhouse in Tinjar, Baram on Wednesday, leaving 70 people homeless.

It was also reported a resident died of a suspected heart attack during the incident.

Flames consume the 37-door longhouse.

The incident reportedly occurred at 9.40am. A team of firefighters from Marudi led by their chief, Maureen Sim Ah Lian, was deployed to the scene which is only accessible via a two-hour boat ride from here.

Welfare authorities were also alerted.

The actual cause and estimated losses following the incident have yet to be determined. — DayakDaily