MUAR: A deaf and mute man was rescued after being trapped in a burning house in Sungai Abong, here, on Friday.
The 30-year-old man was not injured in the pre-dawn incident.
He was rescued by firemen from the Muar Fire and Rescue Department.
The man's father, only known as Lim, 65, said he was believed to be asleep and had locked the door to his room upstairs.
"I screamed to alert my family members to run for their safety. I rushed to save my special needs son, but found out that his room door was locked and he could not hear due to his condition," he said.
Lim said the firemen rescued his son through a window of their double-storey home.
"I was told that my son was hiding in a corner of his room before he was rescued. I'm relieved that he was not injured in the fire," he said.
Muar Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Ismail Mahmood said two fire engines with 12 firemen rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 4.35am.
"Upon arrival at the scene, the fire had gutted about 60 per cent of the home and the ceilings of three of the rooms had collapsed," he said.
The operation lasted until 6.20am. The fire department is investigating the cause of the fire. By Ben Tan