Bintulu longhouse goes up in flames; 200 left homeless
By EKHWAN HAQUE FAZLUL HAQUE - February 5, 2018 @ 9:55am
BINTULU: A massive blaze at the Nyipak Longhouse here last night gutted 36 adjoining homes, leaving 200 people homeless.
The longhouse at Jalan Sebauh Pandan here was constructed mostly out of wood, and was rapidly engulfed by fire. Most of the victims had to flee their homes in haste, and were left with only the clothes on their backs.
A State Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said a team of firefighters from Bintulu and Samalaju was deployed to the scene after receiving an emergency call at 9.20pm.
The operation was also assisted by the Sebauh Voluntary Fire team, the police and the Sebauh Health Clinic.
âOur initial investigation revealed that the fire started at the ninth house, before spreading to other parts of the longhouse.
âThe forensic team will identify the cause of the fire,â he added.144 rea dsSource: Google News