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GEORGE TOWN: Thirty Indonesian construction workers were left with only the clothes on their back when their squatter houses in Taman Alor Vista, Relau, here, were burnt down early this morning.
Paya Terubong Fire and Rescue Operations Chief Ahmad Hafiz Sulaiman said the 1.30am fire destroyed 15 squatter houses and five container homes which used to be the foreign workers' homes.
"The squatter homes which were made of wood and their close proximity to one another caused the fire to spread quickly," he told reporters here today.
However, he said firemen managed to rescue a two-day-old baby trapped in one of the houses and no serious injuries were reported.
Hafiz said five fire engines and 68 firemen were sent to the scene, while the fire was controlled within 30 minutes.
The cause of fire and losses incurred are still being investigated. BERNAMA