Fire that destroyed two oil tanks likely broke out during maintenance works

KEMAMAN: The fire which completely destroyed two crude oil tanks at the Kemaman Bitumen Company Sdn Bhd refinery plant here is likely to have broken out during maintenance works.

Fire and rescue department deputy director general (Operations) Datuk Soiman Jahid said the department will continue to investigate the incident to find out its cause.

"We're about 75% done with our investigations and we should know the certain cause in about two weeks," he said at a ceremony to hand out appreciation certificates to those involved in helping douse the flames.

He said about 450 personnel from various agencies, including the police and Civil Defence Force, helped with efforts to put out the fire, which took close to 50 hours.

On July 5, a fire broke out in one of the company's six oil tanks and subsequently spread to an adjacent tank.

A small fire also broke out at a third tank but it was not destroyed.

One person was injured in the incident and was treated at Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah in Kuala Terengganu.