NO TIME TO SAVE VEHICLES: Blaze in adjacent factory spreads to warehouse with luxury cars
BUTTERWORTHR: FIFTEEN new unregistered cars parked in a warehouse were badly damaged following a fire that razed a nearby recycling factory in Maklom, Sungai Dua, yesterday.
Owner of SY Motorsports, Sazali Yusoff, said the luxury cars were parked in his warehouse, just a few metres away from the factory.
Among the vehicles destroyed or damaged during the 10.10am incident were Mercedes Compressor, Toyota, Lexus and Honda makes.
"My workers, who were in the warehouse, did not make it in time to save the vehicles because the fire spread quickly," he said yesterday.
Sazali said most of the cars were parked in the warehouse located in front of the recycling company.
The vehicles were damaged in the rear because of the intense heat, he said.
Sazali said his estimated losses were in five figures.
Northern Seberang Perai Rescue and Fire Department chief Mohd Rapit Rosendin said they received a distress call at 10.15am and firemen arrived at the scene 11 minutes later.
Initial investigations showed that the fire broke out from the factory, which housed paper and plastic materials.
"The heat had caused the plastic components on the rear of the vehicles to melt.
"The fire was put out by 11am," he said when met at the scene.
However, the cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained.
Sazali said voluntary firemen from Sungai Puyu, Bagan Ajam and Raja Uda assisted 32 firemen from the Prai, Kepala Batas and Butterworth fire stations to put out the blaze.