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KOTA BARU: New furniture sets specially made for Chinese New Year went up in smoke when fire razed a factory near Taman Guru in Jalan Pintu Geng here on Wednesday.
In the fire which broke out shortly before 6pm, losses were estimated to be about RM150,000 when it also destroyed the factory office and a store to keep the furniture.
Perabot Omega co-owner Ku Ah Hee, 62, said the new items were supposed to be delivered on Thursday to clients in time for the celebration.
"I now have to call up the buyers and inform them about the incident," said Ku, who had been doing business at the site for 20 years.
Ku said he went home at 5.30pm and left the premises to his youngest son, Ku Chee Liang, 23, to lock up, which employed about 20 workers.
"I had just reached my house in Wakaf Baru, Tumpat when my son called to inform me about the fire.
"But, by the time I arrived at the scene everything was gone. It is lucky that the fire did not spread to the workshop just a few metres away," he said.
Darul Naim fire station chief Rahmat Kamaruzaman said they received a call at about 6pm and an engine each from the station and Tunjong rushed to the scene before they were later joined by two more engines from the Kota Baru station.
"When the first engine arrived at 6.06 pm, 50 per cent of the factory was already razed.
"We managed to control the fire from spreading in about 30 minutes," he said, adding that the cause of fire is still being investigated. By Sulaiman Jaafar