GEORGE TOWN: Neighbours were only able to watch helplessly as an early morning blaze destroyed the two-storey home of MCA Tanjong Youth chief Lim Swee Bok at Pintasan Cecil 5, Pengkalan Weld here.
Lim’s mother, wife and two young children were killed in the fire.
Neighbour Lye Chooi Ngoh, 51, said she was awakened at 6am by the shouts of people outside her house calling for her to come out because of the fire next door, which they feared would spread.
"People were honking their cars – that’s (what woke me up). And the only thing I saw was the huge blazing fire.
“(Once outside, I tried to help) put out the fire while waiting for the firemen, but the fire was too large for us.
"We could only wait until the firemen arrived and put out the fire.
“I was very worried about the safety of the four people inside. This morning, only their remains were taken out," she said when met at the scene today.
Operation commander Rozairi Abd Rahim said that the fire was put out by 7.10am.
He said that 60 per cent of the house was razed, and that the forensic unit is still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Meanwhile, Lim was seen at the site of his razed house this morning, looking inconsolable. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd