Some of the fire victims taking temporary shelter at the Sekuau multi-purpose hall.

SIBU: Fire victims of Rumah Dingon Medong longhouse in Sekuau Settlement Scheme are advised not to go near the fire site to search for their belongings.

Dalat district police chief DSP Saga Chunggat yesterday warned that the act of approaching the fire area was unsafe for any individual as the case is still under investigation by the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) and the police.

Saga said the victims should instead lodge a police report should their personal documents were destroyed in the fire.

 “We advise all affected residents to make a report at Stapang Police Station to facilitate documentation of important documents that were destroyed, including some other losses,” he told reporters after visiting the fire site yesterday morning.

Some of the fire victims taking temporary shelter at the Sekuau multi-purpose hall.

He said the police would be assigned to the Sekuau multi-purpose hall to assist the victims.

In the incident at 3.26am, 222 residents were left homeless after their 22-door longhouse was razed to the ground.

However, no fatalities and injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still being investigated by the police and Bomba.

Among those visiting the fire site were Selangau District Officer Inting Nyami and Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit.