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CITY OF MALACCA – Thousands of pieces of clothing for all ages at the supermarket Khelass destroyed in a fire at Jalan Kee Ann, Kampong Java here, midnight last night.
Also destroyed were 14 stalls selling food and fruits in front of supermarkets, which has been operating since 14 years ago in the incident at 11:58 pm.
Assistant Director of Operations, Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (JBPM) states, Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the incident is believed to result from the front of the supermarkets involved.
“We received a call at 11:58 the night before arriving at the location of six minutes later.
“At that time, a fire destroyed the entire contents of flaming buildings, but can be controlled at 1:26 am,” he said.
According to him, the operation which ended at 3:15 that morning, was attended by 47 officers and members of the Fire and Rescue Station Road, Fort, Hill Bed and Ayer cross involving eight machines.
Lokman Hakim said that the real cause of the fire and the loss is still under investigation.
“Fire This also does not involve loss of life despite the brick ruins were initially believed to have pressure from within the building and hot water thrust from outside the building by the fire trying to extinguish the fire, “he said.
Government State provide help
/> Meanwhile, the owner of the supermarket business in almost 100 years old building that was once the famous Lido Cinema in Malacca since the 1920′s when discovered, however, declined to comment further. ” / p> Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the State Government through the Malacca Historical City Council (LAUNCHED) will provide assistance to sellers, which also suffered losses due to fire.
“The MBMB will investigate the number of traders involved, apart from identifying the losses they suffered.
” When fully completed report, the State Government will provide assistance based on reports in the near future, “he said, looking at the fire location, Saturday night.
According to him, temporarily, traders involved are allowed to trade in the New Market Road a few meters from the location of fire.
Review of The Star at the crime scene until 11 am found, the operation involve a number of business premises at Jalan Kee Ann paralyzed due to the route to be closed while the forensic investigation JBPM.
Road closure is also the road filled with brick rubble as a result of the supermarket.
Dealers lost RM10, 000 />
In addition, a fruit stall tenant, John Yusop, 47, said he lost about RM10, 000 when all the fruit including the other equipment were destroyed.
“I could not save anything because on arrival at the crime scene immediately notified of the fire, the fire was raging,” he said.
Dealer fruit, Serena Tan, 20-an said it was the first incident times upon it.
“I do business in the family-owned outlets hereditary which he started 40 years ago,” he said.
could not do anything
Supermarkets Khelass Security guards shocked after he allegedly scolded the public as soon escape the burning supermarket.
Murilah Mohd Abdullah, 81, said he was not fleeing , but instead find a public phone to call his supervisor after seeing the fire from flaming burn the supermarket.
“Before the incident, I was meal in front of the supermarket, I suddenly saw fire and could not do anything as the fire was quickly spreading.
“I have no cell phones and trying to find a public phone to call the supervisor because he was always a message, call him if there is any,” he said.
However, adding , he was surprised that when I return to the supermarket, people scold him, thinking he was trying to escape.
Meanwhile, in front of hotel workers affected supermarkets, Mohd Isa Abdul Latiff, 34, said he is saw a fire about 12 midnight immediately contact the fire.
“At first I saw a small fire at a fruit stand located opposite the supermarket, but less than five minutes the fire spread to the supermarket.
“Many times I tried to call the fire but can not be connected, but the fire came a few minutes later. Maybe others can contact the fire brigade,” he said.
According to him, he also asked for 13 hotel customers to immediately move their vehicles more secure place to avoid untoward incidents.