Six die in fire at Ipoh entertainment centre

IPOH (Bernama) – A fire at an entertainment centre yesterday resulted in the deaths of six people, three of them foreigners and one person yet to be identified, according to the Perak Fire & Rescue Department.

Two other people were critically injured while seven people were safe in the blaze that occurred at 5.40am on the fourth floor of an eight-storey building in Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, said Department Acting Director Sayani Saidon.

Four of the dead were men, identified as Malaysians Tai Chee Kin, 37, and Lau Wai Hoong, 36, one a Bangladeshi and the fourth has yet to be identified, she said.

She said the two others who died were Vietnamese women, identified as Ngu Yen Thi Trang, 19, and Ngu Yen Thi Thuy Dhong, 21.

One of the two critically injured people is a Malaysian man, identified as Ng Kook Eng, 39, while the other had yet to be identified, she said, adding that both had been admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.

Sayani said the department was alerted about the fire at 5.49am and rushed firefighters to the location in 10 minutes.

The bodies of Tai and Lau were found near the exit of the premises at 6.09am, she said.

“Four bodies were in one of the karaoke lounges. Three of these bodies, one of a woman, were found in the washroom and the body of the other woman was just outside the lounge,” she told a press conference at the location yesterday.

Fire and Rescue personnel in a search and rescue operation for victims trapped in the fire at an entertainment centre at Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah yesterday. – BERNAMA