Fire razes part of longhouse

The fire at its height.

SRI AMAN: Part of a 24-door longhouse at Pekan Engkelili, here, was razed by fire on Wednesday (Sept 16).

A team of firefighters from the Sri Aman and Betong fire stations was despatched to the scene after the State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) received a distress call at 5.13pm.

The firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control but not before 18 doors were destroyed.

“By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, 18 doors of the two-storey longhouse were 100 destroyed.

“According to a witness, the fire started at Room No. 5 before it spread to the other doors,” a statement from Bomba said.

No casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.