Volunteer firefighters douse solar complex fire, save village from blackout

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  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

MIRI: A group of farmers, housewives, traders and youths in the Bario highlands became heroes when they managed to swiftly put out a fire in the Bario solar power complex on Monday (Nov 18).

The group of volunteer firefighters' quick action saved the complex for being destroyed and prevented a total blackout for 3,000 nearby villagers.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department said the fire broke out in the solar-power complex around 3.20pm on Monday (Nov 18).

"The manager of the Bario solar-power complex alerted the volunteer firefighters after detecting a fire burning among the solar batteries.

"The Bario Voluntary Fire Unit sprang into action and swiftly doused the fire.

"Their fast reaction prevented the fire from spreading and damaging the complex," said Bomba Miri.

The volunteer firefighters in Bario are made up of farmers, housewives, sundry shop traders, homestay operators and also youths.

They are trained by Miri and Marudi Fire Departments to deal with fires in Bario, which has no fire stations yet.

Bario is located in the mountains of northern Sarawak that serves as the state border with Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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