GEORGE TOWN: More than 50 senior citizens were evacuated from an old folks' home in Lebuh Carnarvon, here, last night after their neighbouring units caught fire.
State Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said they were evacuated for fear that the fire would spread to their unit.
“All the tenants of the Old Folks Home have been brought to safety,” he said yesterday.
In the 8.55pm incident, fire razed three double-storey shophouses.
A spokesman from the state Fire and Rescue Department said when they arrived at the scene, they found that one of the shophouses were 70 per cent gutted.
He added that the surrounding buildings were 50 per cent gutted on the top floor.
“We managed to control the blaze about 20 minutes to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring units.
“There was an old folks' home about 6m away,” he said.
Meanwhile, a fire engine enroute to the scene, collided with a car at the junction of Lebuh Macallum.
The driver of the car only sustained minor injuries.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow also visited the senior citizens who have been relocated to a temporary shelter.
At least two firemen were injured while putting out the fire.