Two families Hari Raya preparations go up in smoke
GEORGE TOWN: Two double-storey wooden houses were razed in a fire this afternoon leaving 17 people homeless.
Fire broke out from the upper level of one house and spread quickly to another.
The 3pm blaze at Kampung Nelayan, Teluk Kumbar not only destroyed all their personal belongings but also saw their Hari Raya preparations go up in smoke.
Ghayah Ahmad, 65, was seen crying incessantly at the site as there was nothing she could salvage from her home.
"I am saddened as my family lost everything in the fire.
"No words can describe how sad I am feeling now, especially when the Hari Raya is only 9 days away," she said in tears.
Her husband, Cha Othman, 68, also lamented that the incident had turned their lives upside down.
"Our future appears bleak after becoming homeless," he said while struggling to keep his emotion at bay.
Meanwhile, Khadir Ibrahim said his 4-year-old nephew spotted a spark at the room upstairs in his house.
"I managed to alert my wife before dashing out the house together with the toddler just in time.
"It was just matter of minutes before the fire enveloped my house," he said.
Khadir said strong winds also caused the fire to spread quickly to Ghayah's house.
A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the fire men received a distress call about 3.03pm.
He said the team took about 8 minutes to put the fire under control.
Early investigations estimated the loss to be about RM30,000 for both families.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but it is believed to be caused by a sudden spike in electricity supply .