SEMPORNA: More than 100 houses were gutted in a fire that swept through two areas at a floating village here, displacing hundreds of its residents.
Sabah Fire and Rescue Department Operations Chief Katizah Rahaban said 48 firemen from Semporna, Kunak and Tawau were despatched to the scene after a distress call was received at about 6pm Tuesday (July 31).
The first responders arrived within four minutes of receiving the alert.
Katizah said other agencies involved in quelling the raging fire and assisting the victims were the police, Civil Defence Department, Water Department, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) as well as members of the public.
"The blaze spread to one acre, and razed more than 100 homes in Kampung Air Hujung and Kampung Air Tengah.
"The team prevented the flames from spreading to other areas by 9.14pm, and the operation fully ended at 12.24am Wednesday (Aug 1)," she added.
According to Katizah, there were no casualties reported in the fire.
The cause and losses of the fire are being investigated.
Last Tuesday (July 24) in Kota Kinabalu, hundreds of people were displaced after 150 housing units were razed by a fire at a squatter settlement near Kampung Cenderamata 2, Likas.