58 rendered homeless by fire
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.