SEREMBAN: An eight-year-old girl was burnt to death after she and her cousins were believed to have played with a lighter at a terrace house in Taman Melati, Ulu Beranang, near here.
The tragedy was said to have occurred around 3am yesterday when the victim, Farah Haziratul Nadia, and three of her cousins were playing in one of the rooms.
A fire broke out shortly after, causing the occupants to scramble out of the burning house.
However, they failed to notice Farah who was still trapped in the room with the fire blazing.
Search and rescue personnel later found her remains on top of a double-decker bed.
Her remains were sent to the Seremban Hospital for a post-mortem before being claimed by family members and laid to rest later in the evening.
Farah was a Year Two pupil of SK Mambau near here.
Her father, Shuib Ismail, 42, said since it was the school holidays, Farah had pressured him to take her to Ulu Beranang for several days.
“At first, I was reluctant but gave in after much persuasion. I now regret it but accept it as her fate,” he said.
Shuib said it was a difficult for him to break the news to the rest of the family, who were at their house in Mambau.
OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Abdullah said initial investigations revealed that the victim and her cousins were playing with a lighter.
He said the post-mortem report showed that the victim died from severe burns and suffocation.
“We urge parents to keep all inflammable materials and items away from children to prevent a similar tragedy,” he said.
Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Malley Salim said firefighters arrived about 4.20am, but the fire had already been put out by villagers.
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