SIMUNJAN: Swift action taken by the villagers of Kampung Gawang Empili managed to save a house from being destroyed in a fire on Thursday.
The State Fire and Rescue Department operations centre said they received a distress call at 5.58pm and despatched firefighters from Simunjan fire station to the scene.
It was told that the firefighters had to travel 52km to the scene.
Upon arrival, they found the house was 80 percent damaged and the fire was already put out by the villagers.
It was understood that when the fire broke out, the house was unoccupied. The cause of the fire and losses incurred are still under investigation.
The firefighters monitored the situation before returning to their station.