Kota Kinabalu: Twenty-three stilt houses in the remaining part of Kampung Tanjung Aru Baru were destroyed in a fire – the third such incident reported in the Water Village in less than two months – early Sunday. the fire which broke out at 4.30 a.m. âFirefighters from Kota Kinabalu station rushed to the scene about three kilometers after receiving an emergency call at 4:32 am, and they were helped by their counterparts in Penampang to put out the blaze,â he said. he said Sunday in a statement.
Five cars and six motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze, which was extinguished at 8:03 am.
The fire raged in this village in the early hours.
Firefighters struggled to get to the scene due to the village’s narrow paths, the statement said. The cause of the fire and the losses suffered remain to be determined. A fire on May 25 destroyed 33 houses in the village, while another fire on July 6 razed 10 houses. Meanwhile, locals said they heard several explosions.
“We heard something explode on the other side of the village, some said it was an oxygen tank for fish,” said a resident known only as Wali, adding that there had been at least two explosions. The 30-year-old, who has been in the locality for three years, said the blast was so loud it could be heard by those staying near the Sutera port area. Tanjung Aru MP Datuk Junz Wong was also present at the scene, who identified the affected area as Kg Tanjung Aru Kabel. “We are still waiting for the latest updates from the town hall and the social service,” he said, while assuring that his team will do their best to help those affected. Meanwhile, the Luyang Community Hall will serve as a temporary shelter for the victims of the fire. A decision on this was made after discussions with various government departments and agencies, including the Luyang Community Development Unit (UPPM) and the mayor of Kota Kinabalu, said Gee Tien Siong, head of community development of Luyang and vice-president of SAPP. He said there was nothing to fear for the residents of Luyang as this arrangement was discussed and informed to all relevant agencies. “There will be officers, police and personnel from Rela stationed at the community hall 24 hours a day to ensure safety and security, as well as to maintain order, while the town hall will keep the area clean.” , he added.