Home, car fires keep FRD on toes

James Kon, Rokiah Mahmud & Daniel Lim

Seven fire personnel were deployed to contain a house fire at Kampong Tanjung Bunut on Tuesday.

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) received a distress call at 5.06pm and deployed a firefighting team led by Acting DSO Saini bin Gapor from the Jerudong Fire Station.

When personnel arrived, the blaze had worked its way through the living hall of the double-storey house. All six residents escaped without injuries.

Three residents of the house helped douse the flames with fire extinguishers and a water hose.

Several hours later, another distress call was received.

Fortunately, swift action by the three restaurant staff stopped a bedroom fire from tearing through their workers quarters’ in Kampong Sengkurong.

ABOVE & BELOW: The burnt living hall of the double-storey house at Kampong Tanjung Bunut; and the bedroom of the workers quarters’ in Kampong Sengkurong. PHOTOS: FRD

ABOVE & BELOW: Car fire statistics for 2020; and the damaged vehicle following the fire

The trio doused the fire with the help of fire extinguishers, before the firefighters arrived.

The FRD received the distress call at 8.59pm and deployed seven firefighters, again led by Acting DSO Saini. The four residents escaped unscathed.

The estimated damages is still under investigation.

The FRD reminded the public and business owners to be equipped with fire safety equipment such as portable fire extinguisher, ABC ‘Dry Powder,’ fire blanket and battery operated smoke detector; have home wiring works carried out by professionals and to switch off all electronic appliances before leaving home.

The public is also reminded to not leave their mobile phones on mattress/pillow/flammable material while charging; to not leave the phone charging unattended; and to use accredited and quality chargers. For emergencies, contact the hotline at 995.

Meanwhile, a firefighting team was deployed to contain a car fire near the Seria Post Office on Monday night, following a distress call at 6.59pm. The owner of the vehicle, a Chinese resident, escaped unharmed after the engine section of the vehicle went up in flames. The cause and estimated damage cost are under investigation.

From January to May 2020, there have been 41 incidents of vehicle fire, with a valued damage at BND130,350, according to the FRD. The public was also reminded to ensure their vehicles are routinely maintained to avoid untoward incidents.