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Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 5:34:55 PM
by nicholas cheng
A mid-afternoon fire consumed two houses in Batu Caves, but rain prevented it from spreading further. Starpix by CHAN TAK KONG
BATU CAVES: Single mother Rajani Rati, 59, managed to escape a fiery end, but was left with only the clothes on her back and a house key, after fire ripped through two houses at the Kg Sungai Kertas Rumah Panjang here Thursday.
Rajanis however, was not upset but grateful because she was still alive life and that her son, Mohd Firdaus Haji Mokhtar, 25, was at work when the fire occurred.
"I usually have a nap in the afternoon, and could have died.
"'By chance, I was at my neighbours house when I smelled the smoke," she said.
Rajanis said some village children ran over and alerted her to the fire.
"I ran over and there was a plume of smoke coming out of the house. I tried opening the door with my keys but it was too hot and I couldn't see anything.
"All our important things like my our identity cards and birth certificate s are gone. Everything has been burnt," said Rajanis, a retiree.
Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohd Haikal Md Kasri said officials were alerted of the blaze at around 3.20pm.
"Two trucks were dispatched to the scene and we managed to put out the fire at around 4.26pm. Luckily the rain was on our side," he said.
Mohd Haikal said the fire displaced four families but there were no injuries or casualties.
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