Firemen rescue furry friends at pet store after fire scare

KOTA KINABALU: Firemen were called in to save a host of pets after a fire broke out at a pet store in Sabah’s east coast Tawau district.

Firefighters helped rescue 10 cats and a dog that were kept at the shop at Mile 3 of Jalan Apas last Sunday.Close shave: A fireman carrying the dog to safety after a fire broke out at a pet shop in Tawau.Close shave: A fireman carrying the dog to safety after a fire broke out at a pet shop in Tawau.

Tawau fire station chief Julius John Stephen Jr said a team was rushed to the area after receiving a distress call from a shop worker at 4.44pm.

He said that the shop’s emergency exit sign had somehow caught on fire but that only 10% of it had been burnt.

“But as a precautionary measure, we took the pets to a safer location outside the shop while we put out the remaining fire and ensured there was no further risk to the shop,” he said when contacted yesterday.

“The cats and dog were later returned to the shop owner after we fully extinguished the fire.”

Meanwhile, a 44-year-old man was lucky to have only suffered minor injuries after crashing his car into a ditch located just in front of a police station in the Ranau district early yesterday morning.

Ranau fire chief Ridwan Mohd Taib said the man had lost control of the car, which then turned upside down in a nearby drain.

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