Inanam Water Village: Police deny that authorities have set fire to a squatter’s house

KOTA KINABALU – The Kota Kinabalu Police Chief ACP Kasim muda has denied claims made in a viral video on social media that authorities had set fire to a house near the Kampung Kalansanan Inanam Water Village on Monday.

He said that the fires that destroyed 26 illegal houses were believed to have been caused by a fault in one of those houses.

ACP Kasim believes that the short-circuit was caused by the fact the the house that was on fire was the source of electricity cables that were connected to other homes.

The police were 50 to 60 metres from the fire’s origin. The police were not in front of the fire (where it originated), and the fire had nothing to do the operational area (police).

ACP Kasim explained that police did not come into the area to burn down the colony but to carry out operations against illegal immigrants and criminals.

He said that it was the police department who notified the fire and Rescue Department of the fire, before the firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames at 12.59pm.

He urged the parties to remove the viral video which misleads public opinion and warned against sharing unconfirmed information.

A spokesman for the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said that 14 firefighters from Lintas Fire and Rescue Station and twelve from Kota Kinabalu Fire and Rescue Station were able to control the fire by 2pm.

The fire brigade was unable to cross the water because of the collapsed bridge.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. “No injuries were reported. He said that the team was still on site and had to wait because of illegally-wired cables.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd warned against electrocution due to the excessive number of illegal electrical connections in the squatter settlement.

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