On Sunday evening, I received a call from a colleague telling me that a fuel storage tank belonging to our client at Tanjung Langsat Port has caught fire. I managed to get a close look at the raging fire earlier today. At that time, only one tank was ablaze. Unfortunately, around 7pm, strong winds caused the fire to lick the top of a neighbouring tank and thus setting the second tank alight.
A huge team of firemen from various stations are fighting hard to control the inferno. No casualties have been reported. Cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
I just got back from the scene about an hour ago. The two tanks are still hot and raging when I left the place. Here are some pics that I managed to take. Updates to follow.
Tank No.2 also caught fire on evening of 18.08.08 after strong winds blew the fire across from Tank No.1
1. The Star Online carries the story here -> 16,000 tonne tank ablaze
2. Berita Harian's story here -> Tangki petrol pelabuhan terbakar
Update 19.08.08 @ 13:30 hours :
The Star Online update story here -> Another fuel tank goes up in flames
Update 19.08.08 @ 20:30 hours :
Both tanks are still ablaze. The Fire & Rescue Department has mobilized additional help from out of state, including their air chopper support team.
Occasional strong winds are making the job difficult for the firemen who are trying their best to prevent the fire from spreading to a third tank.