Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Family holiday to hometown turns tragic when fire breaks out at bungalow

TAIPING: A holiday trip to their hometown turned tragic for a couple who perished with their three-year-old son and a maid in an early morning fire at the home of a retired teacher in Assam Kumbang, near here.

A distraught Zubair Puteh, 73, said his son Mohd Hakimi and his family returned from Kuala Lumpur for the Deepavali break and were sleeping in the master bedroom of his double-storey bungalow in Taman Pegawai Kanan Kerajaan when the fire broke out at about 12.20am yesterday.

A Fire and Rescue Department forensic unit officer said the blaze gutted the entire rooftop and destroyed the upper part of the brick bungalow.

“The victims could not escape because the metal grille gate at the balcony next to the master bedroom was locked,” he said.

“The staircase at the back of the house made it difficult for the victims to find their way down.”

Chartered accountant Mohd Hakimi, 40, who worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland, was killed along with his wife Leila Sahak, also 40, an information technology expert, his son Ahmad Faris and maid, identified only as Riski.

“They had decided to visit me during the Deepavali holidays because they spent Hari Raya Aidiladha last month with Leila’s family in Malacca,” Zubair said at the Taiping Hospital mortuary.

He and Mohd Hakimi’s other children, Lokman Hafiz, 13, Ain Najwa, 11, and Aizad Fahmi, eight, were sleeping in rooms on the ground floor and managed to escape the flames.

He said his youngest daughter Rozita, 31, was not at home during the fire as she was warded at a hospital for abdominal pains.

“She stays with me but was spared the tragedy as she is receiving treatment at a private hospital,” added Zubair.

The four victims were believed to have been suffocated by the thick smoke.
Source : Click


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