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Fire razed squatter homes and furniture factory

1st February, 2013

TAWAU: Four blocks of squatter homes and a furniture factory were destroyed in a fire which broke out at kongsi 10, Sin On Tiku, Wednesday evening.

In the incident at 5pm, four blocks of squatter homes which housed 48 families were destroyed in a fire due to a short circuit.

Tawau Fire Chief, Rudy Fredzek said they received a call at about 5.10pm and three fire engines, two utility trucks and 21 fire-fighters were rushed to the scene.

He added when the fire fighters and engines arrived at the scene, all the four squatter homes had been destroyed and his team managed to put the fire under control at 7.56pm.

“ We managed to put-out the fire because the water pressure was in good condition as well as a nearby fire hydrant and rains have helped ease the whole situation,’’ he said.

The source of the fire and the amount loss are still under investigation.

Meanwhile, in another incident, an office and a sawmill store room located at Tanjung Batu Tengah Logpond was gutted in a pre-dawn fire early yesterday morning.

He said his station received a telephone call at 2.06am and two fire engines, three additional vehicles and 24 fire-fighters were deployed to the scene.

“The fire was extinguished at about 2.49am with 70 per cent of the office damaged while the store was 10 per cent destroyed,’’ he said.

   
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