KUANTAN: A viral video that purportedly show a fire happening at the Alliance Steel factory in the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park is not what it appears to be.
Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Nor Hisham Mohammad said it was not a fire, but the burning of excess gas at a coal coking plant block.
"At 9.40pm on Tuesday (April 16), there was a power disruption at the factory. The source was not from the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) substation but from the factory's internal power system.
"The extraction fan at the coking plant stopped working during the power supply cut.
"When this happened, the safety system kicked in automatically by releasing excess gas through the heat release chimneys to prevent a build-up of pressure in the furnace," said Nor Hisham.
He said burning up the gas in the furnace also helped to prevent air pollution.
"All eight heat release chimneys worked as intended and burnt up the gas produced. The image of a fire is actually the burning of the released gas," he said.
Nor Hisham said the fire department investigated the incident on-site and also summoned Alliance Steel for further explanation.
TNB was also called, and it was verified there was no power disruption and fire at its substation, he said.
Nor Hisham said Alliance Steel was also investigating the cause of the power disruption.
Alliance Steel said in a statement that it had taken normal precaution steps according to its safety operating procedures.
The company said there was no accident involving the safety of its personnel.