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Ruth Wilson Das - 9th July 2020
4 Devastating recent cases of Fire in Malaysia
A total of 50,720 fire incidents was recorded in 2019, and the number has only gone up..
You might think that fires don’t happen that often in Malaysia but did you know that a fire breaks out every 24 minutes in Malaysia? In fact, Malaysia loses RM5.2 Billion a year to fire, and this is just property cost, this does not include the loss of life, productivity, and the inconvenience caused. What's interesting is that most of these fire are preventable. Lack of fire safety knowledge give more room for negligence and harm. Here are the examples of 4 devastating recent cases of Fire in Malaysia.
1. Houses, shops razed in Karak fire
October 3, 2021
Perhaps the most devastating in the recent news.
At least 48 houses and eight shops were destroyed in a fire at Kampung Baru Cina Karak, Bentong. However, there were no reports of casualties in the fire which broke out at 9.10pm on Friday. The fire department received a distress call at 9.20pm, after which 52 firemen in 10 engines rushed to the scene. The close position of the houses to one another is believed to have caused the fire to spread quickly, adding that firemen managed to control the fire at about 12.10am yesterday.
Although there were no reported casualties, the decimation of shop lots and house has put a massive financial strain on the livelihood of shop owners and the people who lived in the premises.Contact us for more information on fire safety!
2. Four family members killed in house fire could not open padlock to escape.
September 7, 2021
Four family members who died in a fire that destroyed their double-story terrace house in Taman Hungap, here, were believed trapped in the building when they could not open the padlock of the grille at the emergency exit window.
The four victims were believed aware of the fire but were not able to escape because they could not open the padlock at the grille of the emergency window. In a panic, they could have forgotten where the key to the padlock was.
The fire exit should never be blocked or locked, and if there's a need to lock it (for security reasons), a fire break glass should be installed so in case of an emergency one has to not look for keys. Small steps towards fire safety, can help you prevent your family from unwanted harm.
3. Four members of the family burn to death in Betong fire
September 27, 2020
Three siblings and their grandmother burnt to death in a fire at a provisions shop at Kampung Dit in Debark.
The three sisters, aged 6, 10, and 23, perished along with their 60-year-old grandmother. Their charred remains were found near each other.
A Sarawak Fire Operations Centre spokesperson said members from the Betong Fire and Rescue Station arrived at the scene at around 3.41 am after receiving a report at about 2.47 am. Upon arriving at the site, they found that the single-story provision store-cum house was completely destroyed. "No extinguishing operation was carried out because the fire was successfully doused by villagers."
"The four victims were trapped and could not save themselves," he said in a statement, adding that the remains were handed over to the police for further action.
The fastest action leads to the lowest casualties, the fire should be nipped in the bud so that it does not spread. Granted water can be useful in dousing flames, but not all fires can be doused by water. Also it requires you to have access to a source of water which might not be available readily. A better alternative is to have a fire extinguishers in every room. So that its easier and convenient to take action against the fire, allowing you to save yours and your family's life.
4. 10 hours to bring under control fire at 2 factories in Pasir Gudang
October 2, 2021
The Johor fire and rescue department took almost 10 hours to put out a fire which gutted two factories along Jalan Masai Lama, Pasir Gudang, here last night. State senior fire superintendent I Mohd Tilmizi Mustapha said the department was alerted at 9.18pm, and a team of firefighters from the Pasir Gudang, Tebrau and Johor Jaya fire stations was sent to the factories making wax and processing mineral water..
“On arrival at the scene, firemen found 80% of the factory lots were on fire. The operation was focused on controlling the fire from spreading to adjacent factories. “We carried out relay pumping from two fire engines using the nearby fire hydrants and a water tanker,” he said in a statement.
While working in a large factory, there is always room for error. Therefore fire sprinklers should form an integral part of factories and large businesses. The availability of fire sprinklers ensures that the fire damage is minimized and the resources spent on extinguishing fires are to the minimum too.Contact us for more information on fire safety!