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Elderly couple loses home in Ranau fire
Published on: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
By: Clarence Dol
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Elderly couple loses home in Ranau fire
Firefighters extinguishing the fire in Kg Baham, Jalan Marakau, Ranau.
RANAU: An elderly couple lost everything after their house was engulfed in flames near here, last Sunday.

Ranau BBP Station Head, PPgB Ridwan bin Mohd Taib, said the incident happened at Kg Baham Jalan Marakau Ranau at about 6.50pm.

“The call was received through the Mers 999 line at 6.57pm and a group of seven firemen led by the Operations Commander, PBK IIKUP Domianus Gidin rushed to the location 8km away.

“The operation was under control by 7.25pm,” he said.

According to Ridwan, no victims were reported because the occupants of the house, who were an elderly couple, were in Kota Kinabalu at the time of the incident.

“An inspection was carried out to ensure there was no other danger, and the operation ended at 9.20pm,” he said.

He reiterated the call towards the public to be more cautious of fire incidents, especially during the current windy season.

“The public needs to prioritise safety first because fire in the open area could easily become uncontrollable and could turn disastrous with the risk of losing valuable assets, homes and even lives.

“If there is any open burning that cannot be avoided, it must be monitored and controlled, in order to prevent the spread of fire to nearby areas,” he said.

According to Ridwan, for fire emergency or special services the public can contact Bomba Ranau at its 24-hour line (088-878779), hotline (019-2449348) or dial 999.

He said every fire and rescue personnel in the district is on standby and ready to act upon any fire incident in the district considering the high risk condition taking place right now.

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