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Swift action saves lives

3rd August, 2016


SANDAKAN: Disaster was averted thanks to the swift response of two brothers and their neighbours when fire broke out in a room on the ground floor of their house in Taman Indah Jaya yesterday.

The blaze was believed to have been sparked off by a lit mosquito coil placed under a bed in the room. The fire grew quickly due to boxes, cloths and papers kept under the bed.

The two siblings, aged in their 20s, evacuated their wheelchair bound grandmother, aged 76, and an aunt to safety before putting out the fire with the help from neighbours, Sandakan Fire and Rescue Station officer-in-charge Mohd Razali Awang Ahmad said.

“Their quick action prevented the fire from spreading and limited the damage to a bed and a wall fan. No casualties were reported in the incident,” he said.

Two fire engines, the emergency medical response service and a utility vehicle with 13 firemen responded on being notified of the blaze at 10.45am.

The housing area is situated off Mile 4 Jalan Utara about 6Km from the Sandakan Fire and Rescue station, Mohd Razali said.

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