Odd job worker recognised for heroic act

Lau (centre) presenting a token of appreciation to Guba for saving the life of two young girls from a fire.

SIBU: The heroic act of an odd job worker who risked his life to save two children from a fire which destroyed four wooden houses on Sept 10, has not been forgotten.

Lanang MP Alice Lau, in recognising the sacrifices of Guba Nuli, 48, presented him a token of appreciation at her service centre.

In the fire, 17 people from four families were left with only their clothes on their backs after their wooden houses in Jalan Amoi were destroyed.

The two children, Nur Qhasseh Larrisha Laura Azuan, seven, and Nur Arisha Alysha Abdullah, eight, were sleeping when the fire started around 8.30am. Woken up by the smoke, one of the girls screamed for help.

Quick action by Guba saved the girls who are studying in SK St Rita.

According to their headmistress, Veronica Su, Nur Qhasseh and Nur Arisha, were given the day off from school as the UPSR exam was taking place.

Su said at the time of the fire, the children’s parents were at work. The father is a storekeeper while the mother works in a bird’s nest processing factory.

After saving the two girls, Guba waited patiently for their mother to rush back before handing them over to her.

Acting deputy director of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, Tiong Ling Hii, said 21 firemen who arrived at the scene 10 minutes after receiving a distress call, could not do much as the raging fire was already at its height.

“We received a distress call at 8.33am and rushed 21 firemen in two engines to the scene. When they arrived there 10 minutes later, the fire had already destroyed 90% of the houses, ” he added.

The fire was brought under control at 9.08am.

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire and the total lost, ” he added.

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