KINABATANGAN – Four members of a family perished in a fire that also destroyed two houses at Lot M near here last night.
District police chief Supt A. Sahak Rahmat said the family comprised a mother, her son and two grandchildren.
He said the victims had been identified as Lidia Binti Ibiti 55, Sudirman Bin Ladising, 38, and his son Mohd Syawal, 4, and Yuyu, 2, a daughter of Lidia’s daughter Dahlia Binti Ladising.
Dahlia, 33, who was with another daughter aged two months escaped unharmed in the incident which happened around 11.30 pm.
“The remains were found in a bedroom and have been sent to Kinabatangan Hospital for post mortem,” he told Bernama here today.
A.Sahak said 17 occupants of another house managed to escape.
Meanwhile, Sandakan Fire and Rescue chief Anddre Andrew said a fire truck with 17 personnel led by Rosemidian Majid rushed to the scene following a distress call at 11.58 pm.
However, flames had already engulfed the two houses upon the team’s arrival six minutes later, he said.
He said the blaze was finally doused at 3.10 am, and the cause of the fire and losses were being investigated.