Morning blaze: Fire fighters containing the fire from spreading to the ground floor of the historical building
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The town’s oldest supermarket in Jalan Pasar was razed in a pre-dawn fire. The 5am blaze, however, was put out before it could damage the wet market, located on the ground floor of the two-storey building.
More than 125 fire fighters from five stations in Bukit Mertajam, Perda, Prai and volunteers from 13 voluntary fire brigades controlled the blaze from spreading.
Penang Fire and Rescue Department operations superintendent M. Vijayan said firemen arrived at the scene within minutes of receiving the distress call.
“We took 20 minutes to control it from spreading but only managed to put it out completely at about 7,30am because of the lack of access into the building,” he said, adding that there was only one entrance to the supermarket.
The cause of the fire is being determined.
Penang MCA liaison committee deputy chairman and Bukit Mertajam MCA division chief Tan Teik Cheng hoped that the Seberang Prai Municipal Council could find a suitable location to relocate the traders of the market soon.
“It is a historical building and a symbol of Bukit Mertajam for decades,” he said, adding that the building should be restored to its former glory.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said he had discussed about a temporary market site with the traders and the council.