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20 Motorcycles Destroyed In Store Fire

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ALOR SETAR – More than 20 motorcycles parked nearby a diesel storage store of a jetty were destroyed in a fire which broke out at Kampung Permatang Pinang in Kuala Kedah here.

The fire was believed to have started on the ground floor of the diesel storage store.

Supervisor Ahmad Ismail, 70, said the jetty is also the place where the clams of the “siput retak seribu” species are cleaned, processed and packed for export.

He said the fire started at about 10am yesterday at the lower floor of the two-storey store building, which was not occupied at the time, and spread fast.

“I was at the jetty at about 9am waiting for a fishing boat with the clams to arrive.

“Not long after the boat came, one of the workers at the jetty noticed the fire and alerted the others.

“I immediately ordered all the workers to leave the facility,” said Ahmad.

He added the store and the jetty had been in operation since 1985.

Four fire engines with 12 firemen from the Jalan Raja and Alor Setar fire and rescue stations rushed to the scene after receiving a call at about 10.10am yesterday.

The fire was brought under control at 10.35am, said Jalan Raja Fire and Rescue Department chief and operations chief officer Mohd Jamalludin Mat Yusop.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

The fire had caused estimated losses of about RM500,000, including the destroyed motorcycles.

Motorcycle owner Kamarudin Hashim, 18, from Kampung Tok Pasai said he was unloading the clams from a fishing boat at the jetty, when he heard another worker shouting that the store was on fire.

“I immediately ran towards the place where I had parked my Honda Wave but it was too late,” he said, adding the vehicle cost RM6,000.

Another worker Mariam Abdullah, 23, said she lost her Modenas Kriss, worth about RM3,000 in the fire. – The Star Online

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