JOHOR BARU - An employee single-handedly put out a fire which sparked off at the store room of a budget hotel, using a total of 16 fire extinguishers.
The hotel's operations head Nordin Ahmad, 41, said he was working together with a female housekeeping staff member when the fire broke out and he had no choice but to try and put out the flames on his own.
"The incident occurred at around 7.30am while all 30 guests were fast asleep.
"My housekeeping staff noticed smoke emitting from the store room at the back of the hotel and I rushed over to find the room in flames," he said at the hotel in Permas Jaya.
The 41-year-old said he quickly went into the room and switched off the main electrical box.
"After that, I called the fire department and asked for the best way to deal with the flames. The official at the department told me to refrain from using water and to try and control the flames with fire extinguishers while waiting for them to arrive," he said.
He added that he then quickly grabbed all the fire extinguishers from the hotel and started spraying them one after another towards the flames until the fire died out.
"Only after the flames died down did I realise how dangerous the situation was, as an explosion could have occurred and I was not protected," he said.
Larkin Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohd Syukri Ab Rahim said a total of 20 officials and five vehicles were deployed to the scene.
"We received a call at around 8.53am and arrived at the scene at 9.17am," he said, adding that the fire had already been extinguished by then.
Initial investigations revealed that the cause of the fire was due to a short circuit, but the forensic department would investigate the case further.
"No one was injured during the incident and only a small portion of the building was damaged by the fire," he said.