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NILAI: A fire broke out at a two-storey noodle factory at Nilai 7 here this morning, destroying 40 per cent of the premises and the equipment it contained.

Nilai Fire and Rescue Department chief operations officer Mohd Fauzi Shamir said 10 personnel and one fire engine were deployed to the scene.

“We took about 30 minutes to control the fire, to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the premises. The fire had destroyed some of the machines and part of the building’s structure,” he said.

He said investigations are ongoing to determine the fire’s cause and losses incurred in the incident. -NST

SHAH ALAM – A factory and chemical storage facility at the Subang High Tech Industrial Park here was destroyed in a blaze early this morning.

The 4.30am incident at Jalan Milan generated a giant column of thick black smoke which was visible kilometres away.

Police confirm that there was no casualty in the fire and that the smoke is not hazardous.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul said they dispatched 33 firemen in five fire trucks and a water tanker to the scene.

He said the firemen managed to control the blaze by about 8am. -NST

KUALA TERENGGANU – A double-storey wooden bungalow in Jalan Budiman, here, was razed in an evening fire yesterday, believed to have been caused by a candle.

It is understood a member of the household had resorted to using candles due to a power disruption.

According to house owner Ghazali Abdullah, 65, he and his wife, Radziah Yusof, 60, were doing business in a sundry shop nearby when the fire began about 7.30pm.

Their neighbour, Marina Za’aba, 42, said she initially thought a nearby garbage site was on fire.

However, when she walked in the direction of the fire, she realised it was the seven-room bungalow that was ablaze.

“At that time, I was outside the house due to the hot weather and power disruption,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jalan Kota fire station chief Zulbahri Sulong said 24 firemen from the Jalan Kota and Kuala Terengganu stations rushed to the scene within minutes of receiving a distress call at 7.49pm.

He said by the time they reached the site, however the fire had already almost destroyed the entire first floor.

“We managed to put the fire under control at 8.15pm and prevent it from spreading.” – NST

TAPAH – A fire at Batu 2, Jalan Lama, Bidor-Tapah here early today, destroyed 126 rooms at a workers’ quarters and took the life of a Bangladeshi man.

Bidor Fire and Rescue chief Ridzuan Bahida Baharuddin said six firefighters from the station assisted by 10 personnel from Tapah station rushed to the scene following a distress call at 2.37 am.

“The firefighters managed to control the blaze around 3.30 am and discovered the charred remains of a man believed to be a Bangladeshi in his 30s. The fire was fully extinguished by 4.30 am,” he said when contacted here today. – BERNAMA

SEMPORNA – Quick action by firemen in controlling a conflagration in Kampung Panji Lohok here this afternon helped save some 300 houses at the water village from going up in smoke.

Semporna Fire and Rescue head Fazizul Hizam Borhan, however, said seven houses could not be saved in the 5pm incident.

“Even though the narrow bridge leading to the village posed some difficulty, we brought the situation under control by 6.11pm using sea water,” he told reporters at the scene.

He said firemen also had help from villagers and police.

The cause of the fire is stil under investigation. – BERNAMA

LENGGONG – Fire destroyed a row of eight shophouses in this town today.

Lenggong Fire and Rescue Station operations chief Mohd Anuar Mohd Saff said the department received a call about the incident at 1 am and 20 personnel were rushed to the location in two trucks.

He said that upon arrival, the personnel found that the fire had affected a tyre shop, a fertiliser shop and a hardware shop.

“We took two hours to bring the fire fully under control. No one was injured n the fire,” he said when contacted.

Mohd Anuar said the cause of fire and damage had yet to be ascertained. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Man’s intention to rescue his grandmother and granduncle who were trapped in a fire at Jalan SS 2/4 Petaling Jaya, near here early this morning was in vain as he only had time to save himself due to the thick smoke in the terraced house.

A witness to the incident, Noor Ismail, 50, said she had to ask the victim’s grandson who was called Zain, in his 30’s, to jump from the first floor balcony of the house to save himself.

“Zain had insisted on going into the house to rescue his grandmother and granduncle but I persuaded him to get out of the house for fear that he would be over-powered by the thick smoke.

“The neighbours and I only used water from the pipes of our respective houses to douse the fire before the firemen came,” she told reporters at the location.

In the incident at about 3.30 am, the two senior citizen siblings died after their two-storey terraced house that they were living in caught fire.

Rohani Abdul Manan, 89, was found dead in the toilet on the first floor while her younger brother, Ahmad Lokman, 73, who was disabled, was found in the kitchen near the bathroom.

Recalling the anxious moment, Noor, whose house is located opposite the victim’s house, said she was awakened from sleep after hearing shouts for help from Zain and was shocked to see the fire on the ground floor of the house.

She said she immediately called the emergency line 999 to ask for help before waking up the other neighbours.

Meanwhile, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Director, Azmi Osman said preliminary investigation revealed that the fire started from the ground floor of the double-storey house.

“It is possible that the victims died after inhaling thick smoke as there was no serious injury found on the bodies of the two victims,” he told reporters here. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Two elderly siblings perished in a fire at their double storey terrace house in Jalan SS 2/4 Petaling Jaya, here early this morning. 

During the incident about 3.30 am, Rohani Abdul Manan, 89, was found dead in the upstairs bathroom while her younger brother Ahmad Lokman Abdul Manan, 73, was found near the kitchen door.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (Operations) Mohd Sani Harul said both victims suffered 10 per cent burns on their bodies.

He said the fire also destroyed 70 per cent of the house.

“The department received a distress call around 3.38 am and 12 personnel from Damansara and Penchala Fire and Rescue Stations were rushed to the scene,” he said in a statement today.

It was understood the fire was caused by a short-circuit.  – BERNAMA

SEREMBAN –  Four cars and two truck movers at a motor welding and spraying workshop were destroyed in a fire which started from an adjacent house at  Batu 5 Jalan Rantau- Kuala Sawah near here yesterday.

Senior Fire Officer II at the Seremban 3 Fire and Rescue Station, Harzizi Hashim said the fire started from the house at about 7.45m pm and spread to the workshop.

Besides the house, the fire destroyed two Mercedes truck movers, a tanker and four cars, he said in a statement here today.

The Fire and Rescue Department is investigating the cause of the fire and losses incurred in the incident, he added. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – Two fires in Papar District claimed two lives last night and early today, respectively.

In the first incident at Kampung Seladan, about 60 kilometres from here, Awang Ismail Pengeran Sarifudin, 80, was burned to death in his house around 8pm.

The deceased’s son, Awang Mumin, 56, suffered injuries on his legs.

The Fire and Rescue Department’s operations centre in a statement today said it despatched a fire truck with seven personnel to the scene following a distress call at 8.29pm.

In the second incident around 4am at Kampung Pedawan, the dead victim was identified as Mark Jamiang aged 36 years, whose body was found in the kitchen of his house.The fire also destroyed a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The statement said eight firefighters arrived at the scene about 16 minutes after a distress call at 4.31am and managed to control the blaze by 5.22am. – BERNAMA