Vic­tim was play­ing with lighter in­side con­tainer when it went up in flames

New Straits Times - - NEWS - AU­DREY DERMAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN [email protected]

AYEAR Two pupil play­ing in a con­tainer used to store traders’ goods in Jalan Pin­tasan Ba­ha­gia, Bayan Baru, here died when it caught fire at noon yes­ter­day.

The child, who sus­tained 100 per cent burns on his body, was iden­ti­fied as Muham­mad Sai­fud­din Ali Suba­han, 8.

It is be­lieved that he had been play­ing with a lighter.

Fire­fight­ers found Sai­fud­din’s charred re­mains in a sit­ting po­si­tion at a cor­ner of the con­tainer.

They took 20 min­utes to ex­tin­guish the flames after re­ceiv­ing a dis­tress call at 12.15pm.

South­west dis­trict po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent A.A. An­bal­a­gan said a wit­ness, whose hair was singed in the in­ci­dent, claimed that he saw the vic­tim play­ing with a lighter mo­ments be­fore the con­tainer went up in flames.

“All of a sud­den, fire en­gulfed the con­tainer, and the vic­tim was trapped in­side.

“About 80 per cent of the con­tainer was de­stroyed,” he said, adding that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing and po­lice had ruled out foul play.

“The case is clas­si­fied as ‘sud­den death’. The vic­tim’s re­mains were sent to Pe­nang Hos­pi­tal for a post-mortem.”

An­bal­a­gan said the con­tainer had a sofa in­side and had be­come a hang­out spot for vil­lagers.

“We be­lieve the vic­tim had gone in­side the con­tainer to play.”

Bayan Baru Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment chief Muham­mad Tarmizi Ab­dul Salam said the depart­ment re­ceived a dis­tress call at 12.15pm and ar­rived at the scene nine min­utes later.

“By the time we ar­rived, about 80 per cent of the con­tainer had been razed. It was only then we were told that there was a child in­side.

“When we put out the fire at 12.40pm, we found the vic­tim’s body in­side.”

A poignant scene un­folded when Sai­fud­din’s body ar­rived at the Pe­nang Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary, which was ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther, Suba­han Senni San­tar Ab­dul­lah, 37.

More than 50 oth­ers had gath­ered there to com­fort the griev­ing dad, who wept openly.

Sai­fud­din was the third of four sib­lings.

It is learnt that his mother had just given birth around a month ago. Sai­fud­din’s re­mains were buried at the Jalan Perak Mus­lim ceme­tery last night.


The burn­ing con­tainer in Jalan Pin­tasan Ba­ha­gia, Bayan Baru, where Muham­mad Sai­fud­din Ali Suba­han (in­set) was burnt to death yes­ter­day.


Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing for ev­i­dence in­side the burned con­tainer. (In­set) Suba­han Senni San­tar Ab­dul­lah cry­ing as he ac­com­pa­nies his son’s re­mains to Pe­nang Hos­pi­tal.

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