Volunteer firefighters save longhouse from being razed

Desmond Davidson

Residents survey the scene after the fire at the Uma Bakah longhouse complex in Sarawak. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 14, 2023.

RESIDENTS of Uma Bakah, a Kenyah longhouse at Sg Asap in rural Sarawak, must be thankful for a couple of lucky breaks in the January 5 fire that razed only one block, according to the man who was at the forefront of the valiant effort to battle the fire.

The fire at the six-block longhouse left 15 families without a home in the settlement of people relocated by the construction of the Bakun hydroelectric dam.

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