Part of Sarawak’s century-old Fort Renee up in flames

Fire destroyed part of the century-old Fort Renee in Saratok, Sarawak, today. (Facebook pic)

KUCHING: Fort Renee, a 132-year-old historical building in Saratok, 208km from here, was partially destroyed in a fire today.

A spokesman for the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said the fire was reported at about 10.32am. “The fire was brought under control by 10.55am, but by then, about 20% or 790 square metres of the building had been destroyed, including a community leaders’ meeting room situated at the ground floor,” he said.

The two-storey building was built in 1888 during the reign of the second White Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke, as a defence facility and administrative office to collect taxes from the local people in Saratok.

The building had also been used by the state government as the Saratok District Council office, while in recent years it also accommodated an internet centre.