KLANG: An Indonesian woman and her teenage son were burnt to death in a fire that destroyed four houses in Kampung Sungai Udang here.
Firefighters found the bodies of Sulastri, 48, and her 18-year-old son Wahyu Mohd Asraf in the bathroom of one of the houses after they had put out the fire which started at about 6.30am yesterday, said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis.
Ten other occupants of the four houses escaped unhurt, he added.
He said the bodies were sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital here.
Norazam said initial investigations found that a short circuit had triggered the fire in the living room of the house.
Sulastri and Wahyu attempted to flee the house through the rear door, but it was locked from the outside and was blocked by one of four motorcycles parked inside the house, he said.
Norazam said firefighters in three fire-engines from the Kota Raja, Sri Andalas and Port Klang fire stations rushed to the scene after being summoned at 6.48am.
The firemen brought the fire at the four houses under control in five minutes and put out the blaze about 30 minutes later and prevented it from spreading to other houses nearby.
Sulastri’s elder sister, Saminem Setro, 60, said she was informed about the fire from an acquaintance who contacted her at about 8am.
She said she last saw her sister on Tuesday evening.
“She would drop by my house in Sungai Bertih, Klang, after work at a canteen. Her son was a mechanic at a workshop near here,” she said. — Bernama