Fire at scrap yard again


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Jun 2004

BY FREDERICK FERNANDEZ

KLANG: A metal scrap yard located at Bukit Rajah Industrial Area here caught fire with several minor explosions being heard as the blaze continued to rage on till the late evening.  

This was the second time within 20 months that the scrap yard, owned by Amsteel Mills Sdn Bhd located at Jalan Waja, had caught fire, with thick black smoke billowing out from the yard and visible some 25km away from the site. 

The incident yesterday occurred at about 10.40am as about 50 workers were overseeing the smelting process of used metal pieces at the yard when strong winds in the area caused the fire to spread rapidly. 

The workers found it difficult to contain the fire and quickly alerted their management, who then contacted the Fire and Rescue Department. 

Four fire engines from South Klang, North Klang, Port Klang and Shah Alam with 24 men and three officers managed to control the fire from spreading but encountered difficulty in putting it out completely. 

Police personnel were also at the scene to control traffic as the main road was temporarily out of bounds to all vehicles. 

Port Klang Fire and Rescue Department head Jamaluddin Ismail said nobody was injured in the incident and the cause of the fire had yet to be determined. 

He said it might take several more hours to put the fire out completely, adding that a downpour would make the task much easier. 

The same site was on fire for two continuous days from Nov 2, 2002, and the blaze then was finally put out as a result of a heavy downpour which took place on the second day. 

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