The portal reported that some 80 people were made homeless in Sebuyau after 17 double storey wooden shop-houses and thirteen stalls were gutted by fire last Sunday evening.

According to the portal, the shop-houses were at least 60 years of age and the strong wind happening that Sunday evening caused the fire to spread to nearby units within minutes.

The fire department upon receiving the distress call came with 12 fire fighters from their Simunjan station and took about an hour to control the inferno.

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