Fire razes 3.72ha of Pulau Burung landfill in Penang

NIBONG TEBAL: A fire razed about 3.72ha of the Pulau Burung landfill here in the early hours of Friday (July 30) morning.

A Penang Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said the department had received a distress call about the incident at the 4.05ha landfill at 6.30am.

"A team of 14 firefighters from Nibong Tebal and Prai with four vehicles were deployed and arrived at the scene 15mins later," the spokesman said in a statement.

He added that a volunteer fire fighting squad from the nearby area was also deployed to the scene to help in the operation.

The spokesman said that the department's personnel at the scene created a fire break to prevent the blaze from spreading to other sections of the landfill before bringing it under control.

He added that the fire was successfully contained at about 7.30am and that no casualties were reported.

The spokesman said that the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

This is not the first time that the landfill has had a fire, as in 2017 firemen took more than five hours to douse a fire that destroyed the landfill’s recycling storage centre.

Additionally, another fire broke out at the same landfill and destroyed more than 900sq m (about 10,000sq ft) in February of this year.

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