TAWAU: More than 20 families lost their homes in a massive fire in Kampung Titingan here, on Saturday.
Tawau Fire and Rescue station chief Sharudy Delamin said they received an emergency call on the blaze at 4.29pm, and deployed 16 firefighters in three fire engines to the scene.
“Firefighters faced difficulty in getting to the location, as there is a wall dividing the village and a People’s Housing Project.
“So we had to use a ladder to climb over the wall to get to the scene.
“Upon our arrival, three houses were already destroyed,” he said in a statement here.
He added that firefighters also faced difficulties in putting out the flames, as there were no sources of water.
“We found that the fire hydrant in the area was not discharging water. But we managed to bring the fire under control after receiving water from a water tank.
“The fire was completely put out by 5.05pm,” he said.
The operation was assisted by 14 community firefighters, six personnel from the Civil Defence Force, and 14 members of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).
No casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. – Bernama