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TAIPING: A factory producing prayer paraphernalia for the Chinese community was razed in an early morning fire at the Tupai Light Industrial area here today.
In the 2.30am fire, all three blocks of the factory building, which housed various machines and its storage area for items including statues and joss sticks went up in smoke.
According to the factory owner, Tan Teik Boon, 45, the losses was estimated at between RM3 million and RM4 million.
He said he was awaken from his sleep when the factory's alarm went off, thinking it was a break-in at first.
"However, I was shocked when I saw the whole factory up in smoke. There was no one at the time as we had closed our operation since Feb 8 for the Chinese New Year celebration.
"I have been operating this factory for some 20 years and everything is gone now. It will take quite a while before I can resume operation, maybe a year or so," he said.
Meanwhile, Taiping Fire and Rescue chief Hasna Rashid said the fire was brought under control at about 5.05am.
"We are still investigating the cause of the fire," he said, adding that the fire was the biggest in the district this year.