Kuala Belait - Two young children home alone and who were sleeping inside a bedroom were saved in the nick of time thanks to fire fighters from the Belait Fire and Rescue Department when the bedroom adjacent to theirs caught fire.
The department received a distress call at 2.30pm yesterday regarding the fire at No 227 Barrack 'A', Jln Puteri Brunei in Kuala Belait. Ten fire fighters and three fire engines were rushed to the scene led by Operation Officer DSO Hj Sulaiman bin Hj Mohd Yusuf
The Fire and Rescue personnel reached the scene at 2.34pm and the fire was brought under control in five minutes and it took 20 minutes to completely douse the flames.
The house was occupied by a family of 10 comprising eight children. At the time of the incident, only two of the youngest children were inside the house while the parents were at work and the older siblings were at school. Both parents are government servants.
An alert neighbour, who saw smoke coming out of the house, called the Fire and Rescue Department and also the mother of the children.
When the fire fighters arrived at the scene, they didn't know the children were inside the house. The mother of the two children, who also arrived at the same time as the fire fighters, alerted them of her children inside the house.
The fire fighters rushed inside and carried the sleeping children to safety much to the relief of their mother.
Waking up due to the commotion, one of the little ones claimed that she saw smoke but continued to sleep.
Also present at the scene were Assistant Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Department Zulkefli Alimas, Assistant Superintendent and Public Relations, Prevention and Fire Inspection Officer of Operation 'B' Wan Julaini bin Wan Ibrahim, Deputy Station Officer Reduan Duraman and Commanding Officer Operation 'B' Awg Abdul Aziz bin Hj Muhammad.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire was caused by an unattended iron box that was left switched on in one of the rooms in the house.
It was the second incident involving an unattended iron box that was left switched on this month. Members of the public have been urged to be cautious especially when handling home appliances such as iron box or cooking devices that could lead to a fire outbreak when left unattended.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin