Published: Monday February 4, 2013 MYT 2:19:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 4, 2013 MYT 7:10:49 PM
Brand new luxury cars damaged in fire
By DERRICK VINESH
BUTTERWORTH: Fourteen brand new unregistered luxury cars parked in a warehouse here were damaged in a fire that razed a neighbouring recycling factory in Maklom, Sungai Dua, Monday.
The vehicles, which included Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Honda and Lexus models, were mostly damage at the rear due to the intense heat.
North Seberang Prai district fire station chief Mohd Rapit Rosendin said cars had been parked with their rear facing the factory, which was separated from the warehouse by a simple fence.
"We received a distress call at about 10.15am and arrived at the scene by 10.26am.
"Although we brought the fire under control by 10.59am, the heat had caused especially the plastic components on the vehicles' rear to melt," he said when met at the scene.
He said initial investigations showed that the fire broke out from the factory, which contained paper and plastic materials. However, the cause of the blaze has yet to be ascertained.
The losses suffered by both the factory and warehouse have also not been assessed.
He said voluntary fire fighters from Sungai Puyu, Bagan Ajam and Raja Uda assisted 32 firemen from the Prai, Kepala Batas and Butterworth fire stations to put out the fire.