A 10-year-old boy who was left alone at his grandmother's house in Air Mawang in Johol near here died when the house caught fire.
Firemen found the charred remains of Mohamed Daniel Hakim in one of the rooms after the fire was brought under control.
The victim's father Mohd Ismail Abdul Hamid, 45, said his son had skipped school as he was recovering from a broken arm following a fall.
"We were supposed to remove the cast and a metal pin inserted into the arm tomorrow," said the distraught father when met at the Kuala Pilah Hospital mortuary.
The religious teacher said he was some 20km away at Felda Pasoh Tiga when he was told about the fire.