Bomba monitoring small underground gas fire in Simunjan

KUCHING: Firefighters are monitoring the small underground gas fire in Simunjan.

Fire and Rescue Senior Officer II Fairus Jemain said the Simunjan fire station received a call about the fire at 10.56pm last Friday (Dec 29) and deployed a team to the site.

"We tried to extinguish the fire using foam, but the flames were only extinguished temporarily.

"We are now taking follow-up action to extinguish the fire," he said on Wednesday (Jan 3).

Firefighters putting out an underground gas fire in Simunjan on Wednesday (Jan 3). - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The StarFirefighters putting out an underground gas fire in Simunjan on Wednesday (Jan 3). - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

Fairus said the fire was believed to have occurred where geological works had previously been carried out.

He said a police report had been lodged, so the relevant authorities were informed about the incident.

Videos of the fire have gone viral.

Fairus advised local villagers to stay away from the area for now as the fire is located by the side of a small road.

"The fire is not a threat. However, this is a shortcut for Kampung Keleka villagers to go to Simunjan, so they should avoid the road while action is taken," he said.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Nation

Veteran claims trial to 12 charges of using forged documents at Labuan corruption court
KK cops arrest nine people for not having identification at water protest
National decarbonisation committee formed to drive low-carbon development, says Anwar
Anwar extends Aidiladha donations to mosques, surau in Indera Mahkota
UMS students determined to deliver memorandum to Hajiji
Two suspects on police watchlist killed in shootout in Johor Baru
Malaysia aspires to host Asean Year of Skills 2025
Dr Shatesh wins Putera MIC chief post
1,040Kg Brahman Bull sold for RM30,000 for korban
MM2H programme participants must now have RM5mil in fixed deposit, says Tourism Minister

Others Also Read