GEORGE TOWN: An MCA leader who lost his father just last week, was dealt a further blow when a fire at his home took away the rest of his family.
In the early morning fire at a double-storey terrace house in Weld Quay here today, MCA Tanjung division chief Lim Swee Bok lost his mother, wife, son and daughter.
According to Malay Mail Online, Lim arrived at the scene while the fire was being put out. He was overcome with emotion and had to be consoled by his neighbours.
Northeast District police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said the house caught fire at around 6am. The Fire and Rescue Department received a call at 6.08am.
“It is believed that the four victims were trapped inside the house when the fire broke out,” Anuar said.
A total six fire engines, including two voluntary, arrived at the scene at about 6.17am.
The fire was brought under control in 30 minutes and did not spread to the house next door.
Anuar said three of the victims were found on the ground floor while the fourth was found on the first floor. They were identified as Lau Sai Poh, 62; Chinese citizen Chen Yen, 35; a boy Lim Yin Chun, 9; and a girl Lim Jia Yiin, 8.
The bodies have been sent to the Penang Hospital for a post-mortem examination.