Brothers perish in home fire

ALOR SETAR - A brother's love knows no bounds when 13-year-old Zamzuri Asraf Dun risked his life to save his elder stepbrother while a fire raged through their house on Monday night.

Both Asraf and Zamzuri Aswat Zainol Abidin, 34, however, died after being trapped in the inferno at Taman Sri Putera, Kuala Kedah.

Aswat's father Dun Ahmad, 57, said his three sons and their two cousins were in the house during the 9.30pm incident.

"Three of them dashed out but Asraf went upstairs to wake Aswat up.

"I believe when they tried to escape, the fire had spread and they got trapped," he said at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital mortuary here yesterday.

The military retiree, who appeared calm, added that Aswat's body was found by the staircase while Asraf's remains were found inside the ground floor toilet.

Dun described Asraf as a helpful and generous boy.

"He was always asking me to give some pocket money to his friends.

"I'm really proud of him that he tried to save someone's life," he said, adding that he has four sons.

One of Asraf's brothers, Zamzuri Aliff Zainol Abidin, 25, who was also at the mortuary, said Asraf wrote him a letter last week, saying that he won't cause them any more trouble.

"He told me to take care of myself and thanked my mother for looking after him.

"I wanted to ask him why he wrote to me but he had already gone to bed and I didn't pursue the matter," he said while breaking into tears.

The cause of the fire and amount of losses are still being investigated.

The fire also spread to two neighbouring houses but damage was minimal.