Belaga police to move into shophouse temporarily

Comm Aidi (front row, left) with Liwan (white shirt) during the site visit.

SIBU: The Belaga district police will operate from a shophouse temporarily until a new building is built.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail said this during his visit to the site of the station which had burned down.

He said a suitable shophouse would be identified and converted into a police station.

“Belaga police station needs to function as usual for the community, so we will rent a shophouse in the meantime, ” he added.

Comm Aidi said a short-circuit was believed to have sparked the fire which razed the administrative block of Belaga police station on Dec 14.

Accompanying him during the visit was Sarawak Assistant Public Utility Minister Datuk Liwan Lagang, who is also Belaga assemblyman.

“We understand that the fire was caused by a short-circuit but the Fire and Rescue Department is still investigating the case, ” Comm Aidi said.

The administrative block housed several departments, including district police chief’s office, narcotic investigation, special branch, criminal investigation, traffic, transport, finance, licensing, communications office, detention cells and records department.

State Fire and Rescue Department said only firearms and a vehicle were saved in the fire which destroyed everything belonging to the police force.

Belaga fire station received a call about the fire at around 1.20pm.

Four firemen were dispatched and arrived at the scene in 15 minutes.

Rela, civil defence force and the public assisted in fighting the fire.

Another five firemen from Bintulu station reached the scene four hours later.

“The fire was brought under control at 3.45pm, ” a representative said.The department added that the cause and actual amount lost in the fire were still under investigation. — By ANDY CHUA

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