Husband and wife die in workshop blaze


KUCHING: A husband and wife were killed after their vehicle workshop, adjacent to their house, in Jalan Datuk Bandar Mustapha, near here, was razed in an early morning fire.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) director, Datuk Khirudin Drahman, said the victims were identified as Chin Ah Jon, 70, and his wife, Lim Gek Hue, 60.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation. We also sought assistance from a forensic dog from the Sarawak JBPM K9 unit, Wief, to collect evidence and find the cause of the incident,” he told Bernama.

He said the department received an emergency call at about 4am, and the fire was brought under control at 5.23am, before starting the search operation.

The state fire operations centre (PGO) spokesperson said the entire workshop, as well as five vehicles of various types, were destroyed in the incident.

Both bodies were handed over to the police for further action.

Elsewhere in Kuala Krai, Kelantan a young girl was among three casualties in a two-car accident on Jalan Kuala Krai-Gua Musang near Kampung Pahi, on Saturday.

The Kuala Krai Fire and Rescue Department chief, Nik Ahmad Afsham Nik Pa, said the accident involved a Nissan March and a Perodua Myvi.

The victims in the Perodua Myvi who died at the scene were a man, a woman, and a girl, while two others in the Nissan March sustained minor injuries, he said.

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