IPOH - An elderly woman met a horrifying end when she fell into a cauldron of hot oil while frying fish crackers.
The charred remains of Lee Oi Lin, 66, was found in the kitchen of her Ampang New Village home by nephew Lee Yau Pang, 25.
Yau Pang, who lives 500m away, said he rushed to his aunt's house after seeing it on fire at about 5pm on Wednesday.
"With other neighbours, I tried to put out the fire," he said, adding that his aunt had been living alone.
Ipoh Fire and Rescue Department chief P. Samasuvam said the victim suffered 100 per cent burns and was already dead when firemen arrived at the scene about nine minutes after receiving a distress call at 6.34pm.
"Her body was in the wok with her face down. The fire was already put out when we arrived," Samasuvam said adding that the victim suffered from hypertension and was believed to have been unwell prior to the incident.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.