MIRI: Swift action and emergency response training saved 87 families from being left homeless in a fire at a longhouse in interior northern Sarawak on Sunday (Oct 21).
“The longhouse’s ERT (emergency response team) acted swiftly and saved the longhouse,” said Miri Fire Chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.
He said the fire had spread to three kitchens in the longhouse quarters of Rumah Sg Selepin Bakong which houses 87 families.
But thanks to coordinated action by the longhouse folks who were trained in fire-fighting, the blaze was prevented from spreading further.
Supt Law said the fire happened at midnight, and the Bomba Lopeng station was alerted shortly.
A team of firemen was then deployed to the longhouse, which is about 100km from Miri.
Upon arrival, the Bomba team found that the longhouse folks’ ERT team had managed to douse the flames that razed the kitchens of three families.
The ERT team had used the fire-extinguishers, water pump and long hose given by Bomba to fight the fire.