MIRI: Twenty-seven people from three separate families were left with only the clothes on their backs when their double-storey terraced houses were burned down in a fire yesterday.
The 10.30am blaze is said to have started from the upper floor of one of the houses and spread quickly due to the hot weather.
No one was injured but according to initial investigation, the houses were 60% destroyed.
Firefighters, who were summoned to the scene, managed to put the fire under control about an hour later.
A victim, Rositah Wahed, 52, was in tears when Communications Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin visited her and her family in the afternoon to hand over relief assistance from the Welfare Department.
“There is nothing we can do now, except to seek shelter with our relatives nearby here,” she said, while worrying about the fate of her family of seven.
Sahjohan Bohari, who hails from Sri Aman, said he would have to seek temporary shelter with neighbours and friends because one house might not able to accommodate his family of 10.
A Malaysian Red Crescent Miri Chapter disaster relief team also donated food, clothing and school uniforms to the affected families yesterday.
Meanwhile, cash aid of RM40 per head will also be given to the victims, and RM120 to students.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.