Kedah tobacco storage building "goes up in smoke"


BALING: A storage building for tobacco leaves and rubber cup lumps at Kampung Sirako, Jalan Lata Bayu, Asam Jawa, here was gutted in a fire this afternoon.

Fire and Rescue Services Department public relations officer Nur Hafizah Muhammad Lukman said they received a distress call about the incident at 12.51pm.

She said 20 firemen took about 15 minutes to put out the fire.

Baling fire operations chief Mohd Sufian Alias said the building’s wooden structure caused the fire to spread fast.

“Luckily, the store was located near the road (which separated it from other structures). So we were able to control the fire from spreading to a vacant lot next to it, and also other factories nearby,” he said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Sufian said the team is still investigating the cause of the fire and estimated losses.