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Home alone man dies after rescue from blaze

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A 66-year-old man died despite his dramatic rescue from a raging house fire in Taman Sri Kijang here.
Tan Fong Weng was asleep in the terrace house in Lorong Sri Kijang when the fire broke out at 11.05am yesterday.
OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the victim was alone in the house as his children were at work while his wife was at the market during the fire.
"There was nobody in the neighbouring house used as a religious centre.
"Tan was pronounced dead upon arriving at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital. Most of his house was razed in the fire," he said, adding that the cause had yet to be determined.
It is learnt that a Seberang Prai Municipal Council worker, who was working nearby, rushed into the burning house and pulled the victim out.
Medical personnel who came in an ambulance attended to Tan before he was taken to the hospital.
Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Azman Hussin said 19 firemen sped to the scene and put out the blaze within 20 minutes.
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