GEORGE TOWN, July 5 (Bernama) -- Five wooden houses at Pengkalan Weld were razed in a fire at 4.00 pm today. There were no reported casualties.
Lebuh Pantai Fire and Rescue chief Ismail Mohd Zain said five fire engines with 34 personnel and volunteers from Kampung Pisang and Pulau Tikus managed to put out the blaze in fourty minutes.
"The fire spread very quickly as the houses were all wooden and close together. Two of them were completely razed," he told reporters at the scene.
He further remarked that the fire engines were hampered by the narrow path to the housing settlement and messy layout.
The cause of the fire and losses incurred were yet to be determined, he added.
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