SIBU: Six persons from two families were left homeless when their houses at Jalan Kampung Nangka here were razed today morning.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The fire victims are members of an extended family who were staying together in one of the houses. The other house affected by the fire was unoccupied.
A team of firefighters from Sibu Sentral and Sungai Merah stations were deployed to the location after they were alerted at 10:50am and managed to bring it under control at about 11:20 am.
According to the victim’s daughter, when the fire broke out, only her sister-in-law and two of her nieces were at home.
“My mom was outside when the incident happens. She returned quickly when they saw smoke from afar,” she said.
She added that after her mother called her, she rushed home only to find that both houses were already razed to the ground.
“When I arrived, nothing was left, the saddest thing is, only yesterday (Tuesday) my mother called me and said that everything was ready for the Hari Raya but now everything is gone,” she said.
Nangka assemblyman, Dr Annuar Rapaee later visited the fire scene.
Dr Annuar in his Facebook posting said that Nangka Service Centre and Nangka Welfare presented emergency assistance to the victims.
“Anyone who wants to donate, can contact the Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) Kampung Nangka. I hope the victims stay strong while the authorities try to resolve their problems,” he said.