KULIM - A woman died after she set herself on fire in a toilet cubicle near a market here.
A hawker, identified only as Osman, 42, said a girl rushed to tell him about a fire in the toilet yesterday.
"I and several other hawkers rushed to the women's toilet and heard the sound of a woman groaning inside one of the cubicles.
"We forced open the door and saw a woman engulfed in flames. We put out the fire with water but she was by then motionless," he said.
Kulim Fire and Rescue Department station chief Ghazali Mahmud said they received a distress call at 8.40am.
"When the team arrived at the scene, the body of a woman was found inside a toilet cubicle. Firemen found a plastic container believed to contain petrol and a match box," he said.
Kulim OCPD Supt Abdullah Arshad said witnesses saw the woman carrying a plastic bottle into the toilet.
"We are trying to ascertain the identity of the woman and inform her family," he said.