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Witness Claims Three Loud Explosions Before Fire Razes Homes

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PORT KLANG – One of the victims of a fire incident that destroyed 14 houses in the Bagan Hailam fishing village here, claimed to have heard three loud explosions before the flames started to engulf the houses.

Loo Tien Seong, 55, said when he was with his four family members at home watching television when he heard the explosion.

“When I heard the loud sounds, my wife and I went out to see what happened and there was a house at the end of the stretch that had already caught fire.

“My wife and I then quickly sent my two siblings and mother out of the house to save themselves, and I could only grab a few important documents like birth certificates out of the house. The fire spread very fast, in just a short while, fire already engulfed my house,” he told reporters when met at the scene today.

A total of 14 homes, occupied by 16 families, were completely destroyed in the 10pm incident last night. However, no casualty was reported.

Another victim, Nah Lai Chuan, 52, said during the incident his family was attending his sister’s open house in Bukit Tinggi.

“There was no one at home at that time, and the house has just been renovated to accommodate 11 occupants so that we would celebrate this Chinese New Year comfortably.

“At 11 pm, my friend called to tell me that my house was on fire, we all rushed back and when we arrived the house was totally destroyed, nothing left,” he said.

The 16 families affected by the fire each received initial cash aid of RM1,000 from Kapar MCA and Kapar Barisan Nasional (BN) today.

Meanwhile, Kapar MCA division chief Datuk Song Kee Chai who was also present at the scene said that he would try to apply for a RM30,000 allocation from the Prime Minister’s Department to help rebuild each house destroyed in the fire. – BERNAMA


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