IPOH - For 10 years, retiree Wong Foo Sang lived in fear of his neighbour who turned his property into a rubbish burning site.
Wong said his neighbour, Stephen Loo Pei Yee, would burn rubbish within the house compound, outside his property and sometimes even inside his own house.
"Each time I see him doing so, I would splash water on the fire," he said, adding this caused him to have a falling out with his neighbour and they did not speak to each other.
Yesterday, Loo's action led to his mother Lau Yoke Yee and his own death.
Both were burnt to death in their double-storey link house in Jalan Devadason, Ipoh Garden, here.
Recalling the 8.15am incident, Wong said he heard the sound of glass shattering in Loo's house.
"When I rushed out to check, my opposite neighbour shouted that there was a fire. I told him to call the Fire and Rescue Department."
State Fire and Rescue Department Zone 1 (Ipoh) chief Ruhisha Haris said a distress call was received at 8.18am.
"By the time we arrived four minutes later, the house was 90 per cent ablaze," he said, adding that the fire was brought under control 15 minutes later.
Ruhisha said the remains of Loo, 41, was found on the ground floor near the staircase, while the remains of Lau, 75, was found in the master bedroom on the first floor.
Their remains were sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for post- mortem.