Fire at backlane of George Town sends city into gridlock

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GEORGE TOWN: A fire in the heart of the city brought traffic near Komtar to a standstill as drivers and motorcyclists stopped to gawk at the smoke billowing from the area.

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The fire, which broke out in the back lanes of Jalan Dato Keramat here at about noon, razed a 1,600 sq ft wooden shophouse and also damaged five other adjacent units. The two occupants of the wooden house managed to escape and no one was injured.

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Two fire engines from the Beach Street and Perak Road stations managed to control the raging fire in 15 minutes, saving the five other pre-war shophouses from serious damage.

The entire Jalan Dato Keramat (Komtar-bound) traffic came to a standstill with photos of the fire going viral. – FMT

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