Efforts to put out peat fire in Matang still ongoing

19 Sep 2019 / 11:06 H.

TAIPING: It has been an uphill battle for 25 firefighters in their efforts to put out the peatland fire in Kampung Matang Merbau, in Matang, near here.

Taiping Fire and Rescue station chief Rafeel Hairul Ricard said the still ongoing firefighting operations which started at noon yesterday was hindered by the lack of water source in the area and they had to obtain it from a different location about two to three kilometres away.

“The water had to be transported to the scene and the operations is still ongoing due to lack of water,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here today.

He said two fire engines and 25 firefighters from the Taiping and Pantai Remis Fire and Rescue stations were deployed to the scene after receiving a call at noon yesterday.

He said the firefighting operations at 0.5 hectares of peatland still ongoing and the cause of the fire was still under investigation. - Bernama

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