By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, March 21: Six people, including a women with disabilities (OKU) aged 46, were left only with the clothes on their backs when a fire destroyed two wooden houses in Kampung Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Lambir early this morning.
Miri Fire and Rescue Department Zone 6 chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the fire is believed to have started from an unoccupied house adjacent to the two houses at Jalan Meranti 1 in Kampung Tuanku Abdul Rahman Lambir.
Law added, 15 firefighters from the Lopeng and Miri Sentral stations with two fire engines were despatched to the scene in reponse to an alert at 1.38am (March 21).
One of the victims, Secolin Kibung, 50, said that prior to the incident, his wife had heard a loud noise coming from the vacant house adjacent to his house.
“My wife was her way to the toilet when she heard the noise, and when she noticed there were flames and thick smoke coming out from the vacant house, she immediately woke up my family members,” said Secolin when met at the site.
No injuries or casualties were reported in the incident, as all of the victims managed to escaped.
The firefighters’ operation ended at 2.15am.
The cause of the fire and loss estimates are still under investigation.
Currently, all victims are staying temporarily with relatives and friends near the area.
Meanwhile, all the victims were assured of the necessary support and assistance from relevant agencies.
This assurance was given by Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni when contacted today after a team of officers from his office went to the site of the fire to hand over food supplies to the victims. — DayakDaily