Unable to move, child was burnt to death

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SIBU  –  An 8-year-old disabled child was burnt to death in a fire that razed two hostels occupied by shipyard workers and their families in Jalan Sungai Antu here yesterday.

The body of Nanang Sabat was found in one of the rooms on the second floor of the two-storey building.

His mother, identified only as Mayang, 40, said she was preparing lunch when the fire broke out at 12.30pm. “There was a loud explosion followed by a scream alerting us that a fire had broken out.

“I gathered some important documents and rushed four of my children, aged between 11 months and 13 years, out of the building.

“I then realized that Nanang, who was not able to walk, was left behind.

Mayang said she tried to go back for her son, but the fire had spread.

The blaze destroyed the hostels that housed 50 people.

A team of 16 firemen from the Sungai Merah Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 12.47pm.

Senior Officer 2 Eddy Kilat said the building was razed by the time his men reached the scene four minutes later.  – New Straits Times