Fire damages six boats at Balik Pulau jetty

BALIK PULAU: A fire at a jetty along Pantai Malindo here at about 6am on Saturday (May 27) has damaged six boats

Fisherman Wan Mohizan Wan Hussein, 56, whose boat escaped the fire as it was parked further away said six boats were damaged with four considered total losses.

"The other two were 30% to 40% burnt and are owned by full-time licenced fishermen. The boats were parked at their jetty along Pantai Malindo," he said on Saturday.

Wan Mohizan - a former Star Media Group assistant chief photographer - said it is believed the fire started at a hut nearby and spread, leading to burning wood falling into the boats.

"We believe that is what happened but are not sure for now," he said.

Meanwhile, the state fire and rescue department said in a statement that a hut and several boats burnt in the morning fire that was reported at 6.28am.

"We reached at 6.39am and managed to put out the fire by 7.23am. It took 14 firemen to put out the fire.

"The hut was 100% burnt while four boats were 80% damaged in the fire. There was no one harmed in the fire," the Department said, adding that the case has now been handed over to their investigation unit.

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