Pre-dawn shophouse fire leaves two dead


JOHOR BARU: Two women were killed in a pre-dawn fire at a double-storey shophouse in Jalan Indah 8/15, Taman Bukit Indah.

Iskandar Puteri Fire and Rescue operations Commander II Inggai Bakau said the women – one in her 20s and the other in her 70s – died at the scene.

Inggai said the three other people inside the burning building – a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and a six-year-old boy – were rescued.

“We received a distress call at 4.34am and 28 firemen and six fire engines from Iskandar Puteri, Larkin and Skudai fire and rescue stations rushed to the scene, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He said both the man and the woman were rescued by the firemen and handed over to paramedics on the scene while the boy was rushed to Columbia Asia Hospital by the public.

He said the remains of the two female victims were handed over to the police for further action, adding that the cause of the fire and estimated losses were still under investigation. — Bernama


   

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