Volunteers clear fire-ravaged home

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BRUNEI-MUARA

RESIDENTS of Kampung Perpindahan Bunut yesterday assisted in the cleaning a 30-year-old house that was left in ruins after a fire earlier this month.

The house belonged to Hjh Nor Salam Taha. Prior to the incident, she lived in the house with her children, son-in-law and grandchildren.

In an interview with the Brunei Times, Hjh Nor Salam’s son, Khalid Omar, said he was grateful for the help, but was also overwhelmed with sadness as he went through the house clearing process with other residents.

“I was at home at the time of the incident and I noticed smoke on the first floor. I rushed there in hopes of extinguishing the fire but I failed.

Alhamdulillah everyone managed to escape safely but I sustained a few burns from the fire,” said Khalid, who explained that the first floor of the house was constructed from wood.

In 15 minutes, the flames had engulfed the house and everything they had owned, except for clothes they were wearing at the time, said Khalid.

The family is now living temporarily with his sister and plan to rebuild the house.

Hjh Nor Salam’s son-in-law said his wife and children who lived at the house at the time had lost everything, including furniture that they had bought for the house at the national housing scheme.

He estimates his loss at around $30,000.

Alhamdulillah, we have received a lot of assistance from various parties including those from beyond this village.”

During the cleaning process, Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Momin presented Hjh Nor Salam with a donation from the Charity Fund of the Brunei-Muara District Office.

The Brunei Times