KUCHING: Seven people were left with only the clothes on their backs when their rented house at Jalan Canna here was gutted in a fire yesterday.

The tenants were said to be asleep when they were startled at 1am after smelling smoke and noticing flames at their home.

A team of firefighters from the Tabuan Jaya and Batu Lintang fire stations was despatched to the scene following a distress call made at 1.13am.

The house was completely destroyed by the fire, however, no injuries or casualties were reported as the occupants had ran to safety when the fire broke out.

Firefighters managed to put the situation under control at 1.45pm.

The operation ended at 2.50am and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The house fully engulfed in flames.