Published on: Saturday, September 07, 2013
Villager Ani, 30, who was a picture of deep anguish at the scene of the fire which destroyed five houses, however took consolation that six other cats belonging to her managed to escape the blaze.
She said her cat and its litter were kept in a cage on the upper level of their two-storey semi permanent house, while the rest which managed to escape were in the lower level of the premises when the fire broke out.
One of her cats which managed to escape was later found on top of a tree nearby and brought down to safety with help from other villagers.
No casualty was reported in the fire, except for a 51-year-old woman who sustained minor burns after she rushed back into a burning house thinking that her daughter-in-law and grandchild were still inside.
The woman got out of the burning house moments later after villagers alerted her that her daughter-in-law and grandchild were already safe outside.
She was then rushed to the hospital by paramedics who arrived soon after to assist.
City Fire and Rescue Department Zone Chief Hamsa Isnurdini said five engines manned by 32 personnel from the Lintas, Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the scene following a distress call at about 12.20pm.
"The rescue team arrived eight minutes later and at about 1.04pm we managed to stop the fire from spreading to a wood processing factory and several houses located just several inches from each other," he said.
He said the prompt control of the fire was also due to the good water pressure and wind condition, adding that the cause of fire and estimated losses are still being investigated.
It was learnt however that several children were seen playing with matches in one the premises prior to the incident.
Also at the scene was Inanam Assemblyman Dr Roland Chia.