4 June 2013| last updated at 09:38PM
5 Foreign workers perished in a fire in Parit Buntar
PARIT BUNTAR: Five foreign workers were believed to be burnt to death in a fire which completely destroyed a used clothes processing factory in Kampung Parit Haji Awi, Bagan Tiang here today.
North Zone Fire and Rescue Department senior officer Zainuddin Abdul Rahim said as at 7pm yesterday two bodies of Myanmar male workers were recovered from the site.
He said the Fire and rescue Department does not rule out the possibility that there are three more victims yet to be found based on the information provided by the factory owner.
"We will continue the search operation to trace the remaining three who are probably trapped under the rubble.
"We are using K-9 sniffer dogs from Kuala Lumpur for this purpose," he told reporters here yesterday.
Zainuddin said the department is still investigating the cause of the fire and the total amount of losses.
Meanwhile Bagan Tiang voluntary fire brigade secretary Soon Yeh Thung said the fire started at about 3pm and they were alerted by the public at about 3.15pm.
He said more than 100 volunteer firefighters were also involved in helping to control the fire.
"The low water pressure had make it difficult for us to douse off the fire. The fire was finally extinguished at 5.30pm, after fighting it for more than two hours," he added. - New Straits Times, 4/6/2013,5 Foreign workers perished in a fire in Parit Buntar