ALOR SETAR, July 20  — Four rooms at the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) student hostel block in Sintok here were damaged in a fire incident on the third floor of the building this morning.

Kedah Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohamadul Ehsan Mohd Zain said they were alerted at 10.55 am, and 13 firemen from Bukit Kayu Hitam and Jitra fire stations arrived at the scene at 11.08 am.

“Upon arriving at the scene, the firefighters found fire engulfing four out of 12 dormitory rooms in the hostel building. No casualties were reported.

“The fire had caused 90 per cent damage to two of the rooms, while the other two were about 70 per cent damaged,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the cause of the fire and total losses were still under investigation.

Meanwhile, UUM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani said the affected students were placed at a nearby block.

He said the university will also provide cash assistance and necessities to help ease the burden of the students involved in the fire.

He added that the university would also arrange for the replacement of students’ travel documents destroyed in the fire, besides providing counselling support. 


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