Sunday, July 21, 2013

Toy store gutted in fire

Firemen putting out a blaze that engulfed a toy store in Jalan Siow Loong Hin, Seremban on Saturday.

A toy store in Jalan Siow Loong Hin here caught fire on Saturday night.

However, no casualties were reported in the 9pm incident as the store was unoccupied at the time.

Owner Chai Ching Shin said he had closed the shop after turning off the main switch at 5:30pm before going home.

"I was shocked upon receiving a call from a former employee of mine, who told me that my store was ablaze," he said.

He estimated his losses at between RM300,000 to RM500,000.

The fire had razed both the shop's third and second storeys by the time Chai, who lives at Taman Bukit Kepayang, arrived at the scene.

A team of 26 firemen received an alert at 9.46pm, and arrived at the scene seven minutes later.

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Operation division assistant director senior fire superintendent II, Shazlean Mohd Hanafiah, said the fire was put out at 10.45pm, with no injuries or casualties reported.

"The team, which was led by Seremban Fire and Rescue Department head Zakaria Ahmad, managed to put out the fire," he said, adding that nearly 40 to 50 per cent of the building was razed.

He added that the buildings adjacent to the razed shoplot were not affected and investigations were ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.

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