Floating restaurant goes up in flames

JOHOR BARU: The Eden Floating Restaurant, one of the city’s dining and entertainment landmarks, went up in flames in Stulang Laut yesterday. 

The 10.15am fire destroyed all four floors of the refurbished former Penang ferry, which has been part of the attractions at the Duty Free Zone complex since 1997. 

The restaurant, which has a karaoke and discotheque, was previously owned by Eden Enterprise.  

It ceased operations in December.  

A fire raging aboard the Eden Floating Restaurant off Stulang Laut, Johor Baru, Wednesday. The four-storey structure built on a refurbished Penang ferry was desptroyed in the 10.15am blaze.

No casualties were reported in the fire. 

Two fire engines and 31 men from the Larkin station took more than an hour to control the fire. 

Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Abdul Hamid S. Abdullah said the fire started on the second floor. 

He said the firemen found it difficult to bring the blaze under control as they could not get to the other side of the vessel and a fireboat from the Pasir Gudang Port was called in to assist. 

The vessel was anchored at a specially constructed 20m-long jetty thus providing access to only one side. 

Kelana Megah Sdn Bhd, the landowner of the Duty Free Zone, said the vessel was supposed to have been towed away after a change in ownership. 

Besides the restaurant, the zone has the Eden Garden Hotel, the Stulang Jetty for ferries to Batam and a shopping complex.  

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