The Star reported that an inferno swept across a 40-door longhouse along the Sibu-Bintulu road near Stapang, about 50km from Sibu, reducing it to all but ashes.

About 300 people from Rumah Das were made homeless in the blaze that broke out around 1.40pm last Wednesday.

It is believed to have started from the kitchen of the 18th bilik (unit) of the longhouse.

Two fire engines with 13 firemen were rushed to the scene from Sibu Central and Sungai Merah stations, but found themselves too late to do anything to curb the longhouse from burning to ashes.

The victims are now temporarily putting up at the Nanga Sekuau community hall and are awaiting aid from the authorities and public.

-Photo from The Star