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Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:48:20 AM
by r.s.n. murali
Raging fire at a factory producing undercoat for furniture at Bukit Rambai Industrial estate.
MALACCA: Several deafening explosions were heard as Fire Officers battled to douse an inferno that ravaged a factory producing undercoat for furniture at Bukit Rambai Industrial estate here.
The fire also caused the factory operating at the site for the last 12 years to suffer almost 80 percent in damages.
State Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Sohaimi Mohamed said that distress call was made at 3.51pm and its Tangga Batu station responded in just four minutes by dispatching engines to the scene.
“However, the factory had it own safety features to contain any fire outbreak that made us to swiftly control the inferno in just an hour taking into consideration that the large built-up area of the factory,” he told reporters after leading the operation.
Sohaimi said 46 fire officers were involved in the operation where some 750liters of foam were used to squash the fire.
He said the fire also had caused 5,000 liters of shellac coating in liquid resin form to emit a pungent stench.
“No injuries were reported. We are in the midst of probing the cause of the fire and the estimated loss,” he added.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said they heard several loud explosions
before the factory was engulfed in flames.
The owner of the factory, Loh Seng, 62, said he received call from his worker at 4pm, informing him about the fire.
“I was in Batu Pahat to attend a meeting and rushed back upon hearing the news only to see that my factory was destroyed. I estimate losses at almost RM2mil,” he said.
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