Firemen in uphill battle against illegal dumpsite blaze

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 30 Jun 2019

Tough job: Smoke enveloping the illegal dumpsite at Jalan Sungai Saim, Kampung Rantau Panjang, Port Klang.

KLANG: Old rubber materials, mattresses and heaps of grounded wire insulations are among domestic waste fuelling a raging fire at an illegal dumpsite in Jalan Sungai Saim, Kampung Rantau Panjang.

The blaze started on Thursday morning. Three days later, firemen are still battling to completely douse the fire at the 4ha dumpsite with heaps of rubbish reaching a height of more than 2m.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director of operations Hafisham Mohd Noor said firemen were also struggling to put out the burning peat soil.

“It is an illegal dumpsite that covers an estimated 4ha. The fire was within an area of 1.2ha and our firemen and emergency workers from other agencies have managed to control the fire.

“But an estimated area of 0.7ha is still burning. It is challenging as the fire is still smouldering inside the mounds of garbage while the peat soil is also on fire,” he added.

Hafisham said the illegal dumpsite is about eight kilometres from Northport and is surrounded by several housing areas, namely Bandar Sultan Suleiman, Taman Sri Rantau, Taman Seri Delek, Kampung Rantau Panjang Dalam and Taman IKS.“Our firemen are struggling to put out the shooting flames at various spots due to the strong winds fanning the smouldering rubber waste and highly flammable wire insulations,” he added.

At 3.30pm yesterday, the whole area within the vicinity of Jalan Sungai Saim was shrouded in smoke, causing poor visibility.

Other agencies involved in helping out are the police, Klang Municipal Council and Northport firefighters.It is learnt that the Klang District and Land Office has identified a suspect who had been “overseeing” the illegal dumpsite.

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