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A man suffers burns in a house fire at Jalan Sungai Bidut in Sibu

Firefighters extinguish blaze that completely destroyed house in Jalan Sungai Bidut

SIBU (May 22): A 28-year-old man suffered burns to his hands and legs in a fire that totally destroyed a house in Jalan Sungai Bidut here last night.

A spokesperson from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) operations center said nine firefighters from Sungai Merah fire station were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a member of the public at 10:56 p.m.

“When firefighters arrived on the scene, the commander of the operation reported that the fire was in a single-storey house.

“The house was already totally destroyed when they arrived,” he said in a statement.

The spokesperson said the operation commander also reported that the fire engine could not enter the scene due to the narrow access road to the house.

“Firefighters had to walk while carrying firefighting equipment to the scene,” he said.

The spokesman said during the operation they were informed that the occupant of the house had been sent to Sibu Hospital by the victim’s friend but his condition was unknown.

He said they were later told by the victim’s friend who happened to be the caller who reported the fire that the victim suffered burns to his hands and legs.