Woman, boy leap off burning house
Published on: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur and Jimmy Goh

SANDAKAN: A 28-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy sustained injuries after jumping from the upper floor of a burning house at Mile 2 ½, here, Tuesday. 

The duo were rushed to the Duchess of Kent Hospital by civilians, according to Sandakan Fire and Rescue Zone Chief, Anddre Andrew. 

Firefighters led by Jimmy Lagung were prompted to the scene some two kilometres away following a 12.33pm distress call via MERS 999. The fire was brought under control about 12.48pm with operations ending about 2.32pm. 

The cause of fire and estimated loss is still being investigated.  The daily business routine of a petrol kiosk located not far from the house had to be temporarily halted to make way for the firefighting operations. Business at the kiosk resumed after the operations ended. 

It was learnt that the house was rented out to nine families. 

One tenant, Ramlia Bacho, 40s, said she was attending a family gathering at the Taman Harmoni People’s Housing Project when the fire broke out. 

She heaved a sigh of relief after knowing that her mother, who is in her 80s, made it out of the house with help from one of her grandchildren. 

Ramlia said she and her family have been renting a room in the house for over two years. 

The fire which spread quickly across the house made it impossible for the tenants to salvage any valuables. 

In KOTA KINABALU, a family lost their house to fire at Kg Boligo-Kolopis on Sunday.

Houseowner James Juanis Majamul, 51, said only his 90-year-old father was home when the fire broke out, adding that the rest of the family members were at the fruit farm in Kg Babagon, located a few kilometres away. 

He said he rushed home after neighbours alerted him about the fire.  “Everything went up in flames, the house which we built 60 years ago is gone, our valuables, including documents are all gone,” he said. 

However, he is grateful that his elderly father made it out in time. The family is currently taking shelter at their relatives’ house not far away. 

Those who wish to help the family can contact James at 017-8609737. 

Meanwhile, firefighters managed to bring the fire under control about 4.25pm on Sunday. Operations ended at 6.25pm. 

One of the affected shops was famous for its fried noodles. It was learnt that explosions were heard from one of the shops resulting in the fire spreading quickly. 

One of the shopowners who runs Restoran Wun Chiap related how they managed to get their 87-year-old paralysed  mother down to safety from the upper level.

Another shopowner, known only as Yong in his 50s, who owns the Loi Shing Baru retail shop, had to be rushed to the hospital together with his wife and nine-year-old son, after inhaling thick smoke. 

In SANDAKAN, a house was destroyed in a fire at Kg Semawang Laut on Monday.  Sandakan Fire and Rescue Department Zone Chief, Anddre Andrew said a 2.56pm distress call via MERS 999 prompted a team to the scene located some 48km away. 

The team led by Zixcon Patric had to use a four-wheel-drive to get to the site due to the complicated road condition.  The house was razed by the time the team arrived. 


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