Tuesday, December 7

Oil tanker catches fire while transporting palm oil in Kota Samarahan

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Firefighters extinguishing the fire which engulfed the oil tanker yesterday.

KUCHING: An oil tanker burst into flames while transporting palm oil at Jalan Kampung Meranek, Kota Samarahan at around 6pm yesterday.

Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in a statement today said the fire was believed to have started at the lorry’s front tyres, which quickly spread and engulfed the driver’s cabin.

Firefighters from the Kota Samarahan fire station managed to bring the fire under control at 6.30pm by using water and foam.

The fire destroyed 100 per cent of the lorry while only eight per cent of the tanker was damaged. No lives were lost in the incident.

After ensuring that the fire would not reignite, Bomba ended their operations at 7.10pm.