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Five Bangladeshi die in Malaysian morning blaze
Publication Date : 04-07-2012
Five Bangladeshi men died in an early morning fire at a house in Puchong Perdana in Selangor state of Malaysia yesterday.
The men were staying in a two-storey link house which caught fire at around 3:00 a.m.
Seven people were sleeping in the house at the time and only two managed to escape.
The dead have been identified as Sarova Baboo, Ruman, Abdullah Al-Farhad and brothers, Md Basir and Md Farouk.
M. D. Ruben, 27, said he was asleep in the room downstairs while Bilal Hussin was sleeping in the living room when the fire occurred.
“I woke up feeling hot and when I opened my room door, the fire had spread to the ground floor.
“I heard my friends screaming for help upstairs, but the heat was just overwhelming,” he told reporters.
Ruben, who works at a nearby factory, said he suffered minor injuries and lost all of his belongings.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohamad Sani Harul said they were alerted at around 3:25 a.m.
“We dispatched two fire engines and 15 firemen who arrived at the scene 10 minutes later,” he said, adding that the fire was completely put out about one and a half hours later.
Subang Jaya Officer in Charge of Police District Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli said initial investigations showed no foul play as the fire was believed to have started from a short circuit downstairs.
“We believe the deceased could not escape the burning house as the staircase was engulfed in flames and the windows upstairs had grilles,” he said, adding that the five suffered 90 per cent burns and have been sent to the Serdang Hospital for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, another early morning fire claimed the life of a 55-year-old Indonesian woman near Jalan Welfare, Kg Baru Sg Buloh.
Restaurant owner, P. Tharitheran, 66, said the fire occurred at around 2:00 a.m. yesterday at a workers’ hut located near the restaurant.
“Two of my workers Asna, 55, and Yehani, 50, were in the house at the time of the incident,” he said, adding that Yehani managed to escape but Asna died.