58 ren­dered home­less by fire

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LAWAS: A dou­ble- storey wooden build­ing near Tamu Lawas here was razed by fire on Wed­nes­day night, leav­ing 58 peo­ple home­less.

No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported in the catas­tro­phe re­ported at about 11.10pm, the Fire- and- Res­cue team ar­riv­ing at the scene within four min­utes. Lawas Sta­tion chief Zaki Hussin led the op­er­a­tion to snuff out the fire which to­tally de­stroyed the 36- foot by 46-foot build­ing within min­utes, forc­ing the vic­tims to scram­ble to safety.

Ac­cord­ing to Zaki, the vic­tims in­cluded a baby, 10 chil­dren, 19 men, 24 women and four se­nior ci­ti­zens. The af­fected wooden build­ing has 10 rooms each on the first and ground floor which had been rented out.

Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire which res­i­dents said started from a room rented by a 60-yearold ten­ant be­fore spread­ing to ad­join­ing rooms.

“An ex­plo­sion was heard from the room dur­ing the fire,” said Zaki.

All the vic­tims man­aged to es­cape but most were un­able to save their per­sonal be­long­ings. Se­nior Fire of­fi­cer Cel­ica Thomas Mi­darek and her team of 11 of­fi­cers and men rushed to the scene af­ter the sta­tion re­ceived a call on the fire. Po­lice and mem­bers of the pub­lic helped the fire­men in the op­er­a­tion which ended at 2.45am.

Nine of the af­fected fam­i­lies are stay­ing at the re­lief cen­tre at Lawas In­door Sta­dium. The Wel­fare Depart­ment is look­ing af­ter their wel­fare by pro­vid­ing them with uten­sils, cash and other im­me­di­ate re­lief.

Fire raz­ing a dou­ble-storey wooden build­ing near Tamu Lawas.

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