Fire at Kampong Setia 'B' yesterday, I took this pic at Jalan Residency.
Bandar Seri Begawan - About 30 people from two families in Kg Setia 'B' in Kampong Ayer were left homeless after a raging fire destroyed their houses yesterday.
No causalities were reported but the victims lost all their belongings in the incident, which happened around 4.15pm
The blaze destroyed two houses owned by Haji Jumahat bin Ajak and Haji Yusof bin Hj Samsuddin.
It also caused slight damage to a house nearby.
According to a victim's relative, Sarbini bin Haji Omar, the fire was believed to have started from one of the kitchens.
He said the victims lost all their belongings and were left only with the clothes they were wearing.
Sarbini said during the incident, most of the families (children) were playing outside.
"We only knew about the fire after hearing people shouting fire," he said.
Present at the scene were Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman; Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Hajah Adina binti Othman; Brunei-Muara District Officer as well as officers from relevant government agencies.
Officers from- the Department of Community Development (JAPEM) were also at the scene to -take information of the victims for welfare assistance.
JAPEM officer said Haji Jumahat and family will temporarily stay at his son's house in Kg Junjungan. "We are going to provide aid based on their need," added the officer.
Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 4.27pm.
Led by Senior Supt Mahli bin Haji Bolhaji, Commanding Officer of D Operation, 25 firefighters fought the blaze that engulfed the two houses.
It took the firefighters 19 minutes to control the fire.
A total of five firefighting engine boats with two fire engines were deployed to fight the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Borneo Bulletin)