LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 1pm

Nine Cats Belonging To Civil Defence Force Personnel Killed In Fire

KLANG: A Civil Defence Force (APM) member was in tears after nine of his pet cats were burnt to death, when his and five other houses were burned to the ground in a pre- dawn today.

The 4.15am fire at lorong Haji Salehuddin, Sungai Udang, here also involved five other homes comprising 21 victims. The victims have since taken shelter at the nearby Balai Raya

Mohd Sazry Mohd Taha, 35, Sazry said he only found out about the fire which engulfed his home after returning home from rescue operations following the storm which hit Petaling Jaya on Wednesday evening.

"Upon returning to the Klang APM office, I was informed by my colleague that my house had burned down.

“It was even more heart-breaking to see my cats which were embracing each other were also killed in the fire,” he said.

He adds that four of his pet cats were rescued after they were abandoned, while the rest was given to him by his sister as her apartment management forbade units owners from keeping of pets.

"Only two of my monkeys which were outside the home escaped the fire after they were rescued by neighbours,” he said.

“I have to accept it. There is no point in shedding any tear’s, it’s not as if though I will get them back. I look at this as test from God,” he said

It was not the only loss suffered as he also lost a 2,500 figurine collection as well as a 500 ring collection which he had pain stakingly collected was also lost in the fire. His losses in the fire were estimated to be about, RM20,000.

Selangor state civil servant, Mohamad Khairul Lizam Mohd Tohid, 38, only realised his house was on fire while he watching television and realised there was sudden spike in temperature accompanied by intense heat.

“I when I got up, I realised that the fire had already engulfed the kitchen. I immediately woke my wife and three children before we ran to safety,” he said adding that he could not save anything and losses amounted to RM70,000.

Meanwhile, Klang Zone Fire and Rescue chief Samsol Maarif said the department received a call at 4.30am.

He said a total of 20 personnel from the Kota Raja, Andalas, Sungai Pinang and Port Klang fire stations were dispatched to the location.

“The fire involved a Class B house and five Class C house. There were casualty’s reported,” he said.