Four wooden houses and a kindergarten were razed by fire yesterday afternoon at Jambatan 20, Kampung Buli Sim Sim.
There was no casualty reported and the cause of the fire are still under investigation.
According to the Sandakan Fire and Rescue Department zone chief Anddre Andrew, the station received a distress call at 2.14pm and despatched 23 firefighters with three fire engines and three utility vehicles, reaching the scene at 2.21pm.
He also said that with the cooperation from the villagers the fire was brought under control around 3 pm, eventhough strong wind made the task impossible.
According to Borneo Post, the house of 74-year-old village chief Yussof Omar located behind the kindergarten was among those affected.
Yussof said that the fire started from a nearby house and because of the close proximity of the wooden houses, the flames spread rapidly to his house.
Yussof said he had just returned home after attending a wedding ceremony when the fire occurred and was relieved and happy that his wife was safe and unharmed.
“My wife, Mastura Akman, 64, is unable to walk since five years ago and had to be assisted by children and neighbours to walk out from the house.
“We were unable to save any of our belongings as the smoke and heat from the fire was unbearable,” he said
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