MUKAH: Firefighters stumbled upon a large amount of money in a house while responding to a fire at Kampung Penekup, Ulu Mukah.
The double-storey was in flame when a fire broke out yesterday morning, leaving two families — comprising 14 individuals aged between one and 73 years old — homeless.
The victims included a toddler, two children, two teenagers, four senior citizens and a person with disabilities (OKU).
A State Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said a sum of cash amounting to RM35,000 was kept in the house which was gutted to the ground.
However, firefighters managed to salvage RM27,000 while the rest of the money destroyed in the fire.
The department received a distress call at 9.26am. By the time they arrived at the scene, the fire was already at its peak.
The fire was completely put out at 11.50am and as they were carrying out rescue works, they found a bag containing cash notes and later returned it to the owners.
No injuries or casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated.