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Burnt down: Firemen investigating at the scene where Thum perished together with her four dogs at a rented wooden house in Paya Terubong.
GEORGE TOWN: It was a gloomy week indeed for pet lovers.
A day after three cats perished in a fire, another blaze claimed the lives of a woman and her four dogs.
In the 1pm incident yesterday, the septuagenarian and her pets perished in the fire at a rented wooden house in Paya Terubong here.
Firemen found the charred remains of Thum Pek Guan, 75, near the door with her dogs.
It is learnt that Thum, who was hunchbacked, had tried to escape from the building but to no avail.
The annexe building, a steel foundry, was also partially destroyed. The cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained.
Thum’s goddaughter Phang Seh Moy, 55, said she reared the dogs together with the deceased.
“I fed the dogs with her after work although they were strays.
“The dogs had been with us for many years. I will miss them,” she said when met at the scene.
Thum’s godson Ong Lai Seng, 54, said she had been living alone in the house for eight years.
“I spoke to her an hour before the tragic incident. Usually, I would buy her lunch.
“I even told her to stay with me or stay at an old folks home but she refused,” he said.
Paya Terubong Fire Station chief Poh Leong Soon said they received a distress call at about 1.10pm. He said the fire was brought under control by 1.38pm.
“The fire was not big but when we rushed in, the charred remains and the carcasses of four dogs were already there.
“We believe Thum had tried to flee but was obstructed by the zinc and other obstruction. Luckily at that time, workers at the foundry were out for lunch,” he said.
On Thursday, three cats were killed after a unit on the 14th floor of a flat in Bukit Jambul here caught fire.
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