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Devastating fire engulfs 55 homes, no casualties

60 FAMILIES DISPLACED … onlookers watching the smoke bellowing from the homes. A 20,000-litre water tank was sent to aid the water shortage.

12th January, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: An afternoon fire devastated at least 55 homes that spanned some four hectares at Kampung Pasir Putih here in Putatan yesterday.

Recent discomforting rise in temperatures brought on by the El Nino phenomenon – expected to last until May – hindered fire authority attempts to suppress the 1pm blaze.

A Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) source disclosed that firefighting was cut short due to low water pressure.

“The village houses were built too close together making it hard for the 40 dispatched fire fighters to maneuver the scene.

“A 20,000-litre water tank was sent to aid the water shortage,” the source said.

Penampang police chief DSP Haris Ibrahim said 60 families were displaced but confirmed no casualties.

A witness at the scene meanwhile said that the fire is believed to be caused by a propane gas tank explosion in a house from somewhere near the primary school there.

Victims are now seeking temporary refuge at the Putatan Multipurpose Hall, however the exact headcount was not determined at press time.

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