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Couple's hopes up in smoke
Published on: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tuaran: A young couple's hopes of expanding their business went up in flames when fire razed their business premises which they just started three months ago in Kg. Tamparuli, here, Monday.

The 28-year-old business owner, Johnny Liau, said he just started his business which specialises in repairing vehicle sofa and cushions with savings accumulated together with his wife.

"What makes me worried is how to compensate my customer whose vehicle is damaged in the fire," he said, adding that the vehicle was left overnight at the premises as repair works were still being done.

He recalled receiving a call from the premises security at about 2.30am but by the time he arrived at the scene, the premises was already totally razed in the fire.

He estimated losses to be worth about RM160,000 excluding the vehicle.

The other premises involved was a tyre shop, a sticker processing shop and a multipurpose hall equipped with sound system, table and chairs.

The 48-year-old security guard, Jomuny Mokundal, said he was resting in his vehicle parked near the premises when he heard several explosions which came from the tyre shop.

"After the explosions, the place was immediately covered by thick smoke, prompting me to alert the business operators as well as the authorities," he said.

A total of two fire engines manned by 15 personnel from the Tuaran Fire and Rescue Department led by its Operations Chief Khairul Amir Pajar Ali arrived at the scene following a distress call at about 2.25am.

He said the fire took some time to stop because of the flammable tyres.

The fire was brought under control at about 4.30am, while the cause of the fire and estimated losses are still being investigated.

No casualty was reported.

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