KLUANG: Some 80 passengers escaped unhurt when the train they were boarding from Tampin to Johor Baru caught fire at the KTM Renggam station here Wednesday (Feb 20).
Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Abduh Ismail said the incident took place at 8.46pm at KM690.5 of the station.
“However, only the locomotive or the head of the train that houses its engine caught fire while the passenger coaches were not affected,” he said when contacted here Thursday (Feb 21).
Meanwhile, Simpang Renggam Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Abd Rahim Razali said about 40% of the locomotive was damaged and the cause of the blaze was still being investigated.
“Four firemen and one fire engine were dispatched to the scene after receiving a repor," he said, adding that the fire was put out by 11.10pm.
On an unrelated matter, police are still attempting to destroy a bomb believed to be from the Second World War found Tuesday (Feb 19) in Kluang.
ACP Mohd Abduh said the bomb was found by a local at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Orang Asli Pengkalan Tereh, Kampung Gajah, at 10.14am.
“We have attempted to destroy the bomb twice on Thursday, once at about 1.30pm while the other around 3.15pm.
“However, it was not successful and we will continue the operation at about 8.30am on Friday (Feb 22),” he said.
He added that People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel have been deployed at the location to help monitor the area and to protect the safety of the people there.