Bomba still battling raging fire at illegal dumpsite near Port Klang

Smoke envelopes the illegal dumpsite at Jalan Sungai Saim, Kampung Rantau Panjang, Port Klang.

OLD rubber materials, mattresses, heaps of grounded wire insulations are among domestic waste fuelling a raging fire at an illegal dumpsite at Jalan Sungai Saim, Kampung Rantau Panjang that began on Thursday (June 27) morning.

Three days later, 18 firemen are still battling to douse the fire that has damaged over 1.2ha of the total 4ha dumpsite.

The height of the rubbish mount at the site is estimated at 2.3m, thus making it difficult control the blaze.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director of operations Hafisham Mohd Noor said firemen were also struggling to put out the burning peat soil.

"It is an illegal dumpsite that covers an estimated 4ha, but on Thursday morning, the fire was within an area of 1.2ha and our firemen with various other agencies have managed to control the fire, but an estimated 0.7ha is still burning.

"It is highly challenging as the fire is still smouldering inside the mounts of garbage and the peat soil is also on fire," he added.

Hafisham said the illegal dumpsite is about eight kilometres from Northport and is surrounded by several housing areas, namely Bandar Sultan Suleiman, Taman Sri Rantau, Taman Seri Delek, Kampong Rantau Panjang Dalam and Taman IKS.

"Our firemen are going through a struggle to put out the shooting flames at various spots due to the strong winds that fan the smouldering rubber waste and highly flammable grounded wire insulations," he said.

As of 3.30pm on Saturday (June 29) afternoon, the whole area within the vicinity of Jalan Sungai Saim is shrouded in smoke, making visibility poor.

Other agencies involved in fighting the fire are the Royal Malaysia Police, Klang Municipal Council's PANTAS Team and Northport firefighters.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Klang District and Land Office has identified a suspect that had been "overseeing" the illegal dumpsite.

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