JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama): An elderly woman was killed, while her husband escaped with slight burns on his arm in a house fire on Jalan Kampung Belokok, near Pontian, early Friday (Jan 17).
Pontian Baru fire and rescue station chief assistant superintendent Iqbal Raduan said the charred remains of Goh Ching Hiang, 75, was found in the master bedroom of the house.
He said the woman’s husband, Goh Ting Wang, 81, managed to escape the burning house and only sustained slight burns on his left arm.
"The Johor Fire Operations Center received a distress call via MERS line 999 at 1.36am, following which 26 firefighters in three engines and an emergency medical rescue service (EMRS) unit from the Pontian Baru and Pekan Nanas stations rushed to the scene, ” he said in a statement.
Iqbal said the fire damaged about 95% of the house and the fire-fighting operation was completed at 5.45am.
The woman’s body was handed over to the police for further action, while Ting Wang was sent to Pontian Hospital for treatment.
The Fire and Rescue Department is investigating the cause of the fire and losses incurred. – Bernama