Man sorry he couldn't save wife, child from fire

All gone: What is left of the house after the fire had been put out.
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KOTA KINABALU - A 47-year-old-man was left with no choice but to leave his wife and only son in their semi-concrete house which was on fire and run for safety.

A remorseful Azhari Ahmad was heard crying uncontrollably at the district hospital where he was treated for a broken leg after jumping out from the window of the two-storey house in Tuaran.

"Maaf, maaf," the trader kept saying to his dead wife and son.

The remains of his wife, Fauziah Bedin, 48, and eight-year-old Habibur Rahman, were found in a room and the toilet of the ground floor of the house about 35km from here.

Tuaran fire station chief Mohd Asnan Led said they received an alert from the public at about 1.29am yesterday and reached the scene within minutes.

"But it was already too late by then. When firemen arrived there, the whole house was already engul­fed in flames," he said.

It is believed that three families lived in the two-storey house.

Mohd Asnan said that those living on the ground floor, which was made of concrete, made it out alive.

Fauziah and Habibur might have tried to escape but could not make it in time, he said.

They were believed to have fallen from the upper floor to the lower level when the wooden floor between the two levels gave way.

"The man made it out alive as he jumped out of a window, " he said.

An elderly woman, who was living on the lower level, said she woke up to what she thought was the sound of a storm brewing.

However, she soon realised that the second floor was on fire.

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