A woman in her 50s perished in a pre-dawn fire that gutted a two-storey house along Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, while five others escaped with injuries.
Firemen who rushed to the scene following a distress call at 4.11am had to break down the main door to enter the six-bedroom house to rescue the trapped occupants.
“When the firefighters reached the house, they found the living room on fire and brought the blaze under control at 4.46am,” Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue director Khirudin Drahman alias Hussaini told Bernama.
He said the body of the deceased, identified as Kamadevi, was found on the staircase of the house.
Khirudin said two people ran out of the house once the firefighters broke down the main door, two others were found lying on a bed in a top-floor bedroom while a youth was found crying in a ground-floor bedroom.
“The firefighters acted swiftly to rescue four members of the family and a domestic helper who were trapped in the burning house,” he said.
Kamadevi is believed to have tried to escape from the second floor but succumbed to smoke inhalation.
Two others, a teenager known as Ashishah and the family’s maid, in her 40s, were trapped in the living room but managed to escape as soon as firemen broke down the front door.
Another teenager, Avantika, was found crying in a room on the ground floor.
The fourth and fifth victims, known only as Aarti and Telakchan, in their 40s and 50s respectively, were found sprawled on the floor in their rooms on the second floor.
All five survivors and the deceased were sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).
It is believed that the fire had spread from the guest room downstairs. The cause has yet to be ascertained.
According to the woman’s son, known only as Munish, 40, the five survivors were treated for smoke inhalation.
“They are all stable. I just saw them,” Munish told The Star when met at UMMC today.
He also revealed that the victims were his father Telakchan, a businessman; his aunt Aarti; siblings Ashishah and Avantika; and a maid.