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MALACCA: A tissue factory's storeroom was destroyed in a fire at Taman Seri Krubong here this morning.
In the 1.30am incident, one of the two buildings located at the factory was razed to the ground while 15 homes nearby were saved after firemen battled for hours to douse the flames.
Malacca deputy Fire and Rescue Services Department chief Kamarulzaman Mohd Din said the team took nine minutes to control the fire and another five hours to put it out after getting the call at 2.22am.
Kamarulzaman said they had successfully prevented the fire from spreading to the factory's tissue processing block, which was estimated to be worth about RM1 million, as well as 15 residential homes situated some six metres away from the factory.
"No casualties were reported, while the cause of the fire and estimated losses are still under investigation," he said.
Meanwhile witness Ibrahim Aman, 70, said he had woken up to go to the bathroom when he suddenly heard a loud explosion.
"I heard sounds like fireworks andran outside to only to see my neighbourhood awash in the bright light from the fire at the factory nearby," he said.
Ibrahim said he then quickly rushed back inside his house to save his invalid wife, Rukayah Awang, 73, who was wheelchair-bound due to a stroke.
"Then I got my daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren to evacuate the house, as I was afraid that the fire would soon spread to our home. Luckily the fire was put out before that could happen," he said.