DUNGUN: A family of 10 children not only lost their home, but a savings of RM25,000 was also set on fire at their rented house at Jalan Nibong Station, Kampung Padang Jambu, here this afternoon.
However, no fatalities were reported in the incident involving Ghazali Baru, 63, and his wife, Normah Abu Bakar, 45, with their eight children.
Ghazali said he had withdrawn RM25,000 from the bank two days ago to make preparations for the Hari Raya celebration and to be a venture capital.
“But when I felt that the Movement Control (CPP) Order might be extended until after the election, I decided to put the money back in the bank today.
“However, I was unable to do so because I was busy,” he said, adding that they had also failed to rescue any of the items in the incident when they were found at the scene.
He said the incident occurred while he was cleaning the house, while five children aged four to 14 were sleeping.
“At that time, the wife was helping her friend sell the cakes and bring three more children with us,” he said.
Ghazali said he suddenly heard several small explosions before he saw the fire hit the roof.
“I continued to run to the home's kitchen and saw a barrel of gas exploding into the roof of the house.
“I then entered the house wetting the blanket and tried to close the gas barrel but failed.
“The fire kept burning all over the house,” he said, who had to light a fire to save the youngest child sleeping in a room.
Ghazali said that for the past few days, his heart seems to be moving.
“Apparently, this house is on fire.
“For now, I will be temporarily staying at a neighbor's house before renting another home,” he said, who was relieved and grateful that their family survived the fire.
Meanwhile, Dungun Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mohd Aidil Khairim Abdul Wahab said 10 members of a machine were rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call.
“When it arrived, the fire had already set fire to the home, but our members managed to control the fire from spreading to the adjacent house.
“The fire was completely extinguished around 5.15pm. The cause and amount of the loss is still under investigation,” he said.