Saturday, September 26

Quick action by ERT saves longhouse from flames


By Jude Toyat

Remains on some of the parts that caught fire at the longhouse early yesterday morning.

MARUDI: Swift action by the Emergency Response Team (ERT) of Rumah Egang Sami saved the the longhouse from flames after it caught fire early yesterday (Oct 21) morning.

The incident had cause about 20 per cent damage to the longhouse, which is located at Sg Selepin in Bakong.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) chief Law Poh Kiong said they received an emergency call on the incident at 12.13am.

Twelve firefighters from Lopeng Fire and Rescue Station led by senior fire officer II Jimmy Suhaili, along with Fire Rescue Tender (FRT) machinery and Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) vehicle were then deployed to the scene.

“However, upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found that the fire had been fully doused using a pump and six nozzles, thanks to the efficiency and quick action of the longhouse ERT (Emergency Response Team) team and villagers,” said Law, adding that the water was sourced from nearby drains to put out the fire.

“Firefighters continued to monitor the longhouse area to ensure the fire was completely extinguished,” he added.

Law said operation commander Terry Robson, who is also Lopeng Fire and Rescue Station chief, also reported that the incident involved the kitchens of three households of the 87-door longhouse.

“No casualties or injuries were reported while cause of the fire and total losses have yet to be determined,” he added.

The operation ended at 2.20am.