Curious neighbours surrounding Daniel (left) and Eddy as they lie dead on the street below the apartment. ZAINUDIN AHAD/ The Star
GEORGE TOWN: Two cats tried to leap to safety from a burning unit on the 14th floor of a flat in Bukit Jambul here – but ended up dead, much to the heartbreak of their owner.
A third cat died after getting trapped in the living room and was believed to have suffocated in the incident at about 3.30pm.
Restaurant worker Suraya Ismail, 28, who rushed back to her rented unit upon receiving a call about the fire, broke into tears after firefighters told her about her cats.
“What happened to my cats?” a distraught Suraya asked the firefighters when she stepped into the flat yesterday.
Suraya said her cats had been with her even before she moved into the unit four months ago.
“Daniel was a year old, Eddy, eight months and Shasha just a month old.
“I found Daniel by the roadside a year ago when he was still a kitten and I’ve been taking care of all the three cats.
“I’m sad that my belongings are destroyed but I’m more heartbroken to learn that my cats are now gone,” she sobbed, adding that she did not plan to adopt any cats anytime soon.
Jalan Perak fire station chief operations officer Roslan Ahmad said four fire engines and 25 firefighters from the Jalan Perak and Bayan Baru fire stations were deployed to the scene.
“We received a distress call at 3.41pm and when we reached there at 3.52pm, the fire had already been put out by the Bukit Bendera voluntary fire brigade members and the flat management,” he said, thanking them for their swift action.
Roslan said only the electrical appliances, furniture and gadgets in the living room were damaged in the fire.
The fire, believed to have started in the living room, did not spread to the other parts of the unit.
He added that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.