KOTA KINABALU, Feb  17  – More than 1,600 people were made homeless in a fire which destroyed 179 water houses in Kampung Landung Ayang, Kudat, yesterday.

According to the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department,  48 fire-fighters from the Kudat fire and rescue station, assisted by the Volunteer Fire Brigade (PBS) rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 4.26 pm.

On arrival, the fire was at its peak and the fire-fighters managed to control the fire at 6.43 am before the fire-fighting operation was completed at 8.19 pm, it said.

However, no casualties were reported.

Also involved in the fire-fighting operation were members of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department (Rela) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).

Meanwhile, the Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, in a statement, said a relief centre at Dewan Tun Mustapha, Kudat, had been activated to accommodate the victims, involving about 200 families.


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