Sunday, October 03, 2010

News: Sarikei Shophouse Fire - Death in the line of duty

 Sarikei Fire, 1st Oct 2010
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Source: Utusan Borneo, 3rd Oct 2010

 Sarikei Fire, 1st Oct 2010
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A total of 26 firemen including those from Bintangor and Sibu fought against the fire which was fanned by the windy conditions that night. The flooring, ceiling and staircases of these type of shophouses are made of wood. Only the pillars and walls are made of bricks and some cement.

Another news report estimated the damage to be around MYR$10 million.

 Sarikei Fire, 1st Oct 2010
Source: Sin Chew Daily News, 2nd Oct 2010

One of the owners of the block (Block 5 Right Repok Road) claimed that this block was built in the 1930s. This is not correct. He was referring to the former wooden block that this cement cum wooden block replaced in 1953.

 Sarikei Fire, 1st Oct 2010
Source: Sin Chew Daily News, 3rd Oct 2010

Mr Yii Yuk Seng, an ex-fireman that had just retired, was helping the other firemen with a water hydrant when he collapsed from heart attack. He passed away upon arrival at the hospital. We salute him for his help even after retirement. He lost his life in the line of duty (and beyond the call of duty).

There's a tribute to him on eUnited website here

  Sarikei Fire, 1st Oct 2010
Source: See Hua Daily News, 3rd Oct 2010

 Sarikei Yii Yuk Seng's funeral procession in town
3rd Oct 2010

To see the small fire that started the blaze at the back of a middle shop,  click here. Added youtube video below


Anonymous said...

To prevent the whole of Sarikei down town from going up in flames:

1. Maybe it's time to make it compulsory for all shop houses to have a fire extinguisher on every floor. Every floor!

2. The fire department can go around re-training every shop resident on how to use a fire extinguisher so that every one becomes a part time fireman.

莉雯 said...

felt sad when i knew this accident happening in my hometown...

Daniel Yiek said...

2nd Oct => 971 readers visited this blog to read about the fire.

3rd Oct => 501 readers.

Sarikeians from all over the world still care about their home town. Shock, anger, sadness, grief, ...

3 historic blocks are gone now. The important question is how do we prevent this type of fire from happening again?

Kanga said...

The late Mr. Yii is a good friend of mine. Almost every trip back to Sarikei, we got together to have a cup of tea. Now that he's left so suddenly, I feel really sad. The shop houses can and will be replaced, not Mr. Yii. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Mr Yii personally but my family members had a very positive encounter with him more than 10 years ago. We remember him as a honest man who returned my father's wallet which Mr Yii found, with all cash intact.

@YN from Sarikei.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

My deepest condolences to the Yii family. An Unsung hero of SArikei and a very honest man who should be remembered long and dearly.

Did some one cause the arson in order to rebuilt Sarikei? Just a hunch. The fire couldn't have been started by a mosquito coil.

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