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School van catches fire in KK
Published on: Friday, February 26, 2016
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Kota Kinabalu: An empty school van caught fire in yet another case of vehicles going up in flames in the city on Thursday. The van owner, identified only as Chung, 58, said she was feeding her dogs when she saw flames coming from the road.

"I had just sent 12 school students and teachers for sports activities in UiTM at about 7.30am and returned to my home located about one kilometre away.

"I reached home and parked the van at the roadside and walked to my house before feeding my dogs when I saw the smoke," she recalled.

The woman, who has been driving a school van for close to 30 years, said she quickly filled a bucket with water and tried to put the flames out but failed.

"The van has been with me for quite a while and is still in good condition, I don't know how it could have burst into flames," she said.

Last month, a Viva vehicle also went up in smoke when its engine suddenly caught fire along Jalan Sang Kancil, here.

From January to May last year, at least 26 vehicles, namely cars, vans and buses in the State, burst into flames, while 65 similar cases were reported in 2014.

In Penampang, a two-storey entertainment outlet along Jalan Bundusan in Penampang was damaged in a fire the same day.

A team from the Penampang Fire and Rescue Department led by Mohammad Akramin Sakirun brought the fire under control at about 11.31am.

They were assisted by a team from the Kota Kinabalu Fire and Rescue Department.

Nobody was reported hurt in both cases.


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