Massive Sandakan blaze sees 35 houses go up in smoke


SANDAKAN: Up to 35 squatter houses in Kampung Gelam near here were destroyed in a large fire this morning.

The fire spread rapidly, believed to be due to the houses being situated so close to each other.

Sandakan Fire and Rescue Superintendent Anddre Andrew said he led a team of 17 officers and firefighters who rushed to the scene in two fire engines and two multi-purpose vehicles after being alerted to the emergency at 1.42am.

He said they managed to bring the blaze under control at 2.50am, and douse it completely by 4.32am.

No casualties were reported, he added. -- Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd