FIRE DESTROYS ORPHANAGE IN PUCHONG

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) - Fire destroyed the House of Joy orphanage

occupied by 33 orphans in Taman Tenaga near Puchong this morning.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department acting assistant director Anuar harun

said the incident at 10.50am destroyed the entire top floor of the house while

the ground floor was 60 percent destroyed.

"Firemen from Puchong Jaya station arrived at the scene at 10.59am and found

that 20 children had been rescued form the house," he told reporters here today.

Anuar said three engines from Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya fire stations

with 27 men and a forensic team from Petaling were also at the scene.

The orphans aged between 6 to 17 years will be temporarily placed at

Subang Jaya Municipal Council Multipurpose Hall in Puchong.

The cause of the fire and losses are still being investigated.

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FIRE-ORPHANAGE 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR

Orphanage caretaker Moses Chart, 68, said he only realised the fire after

smelling smoke and saw that the top floor was already ablaze.

"Luckily, the children were watching television on the ground floor. The

fire spread quickly as the top floor was made of wood," he said.

Meanwhile, House of Joy head Lesly Mah, 55, appealed memb ers of the public

to donate to the orphange by calling him at 019-3392847.

--BERNAMA

NDJM NUA RV ZUB

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