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Chemical reaction causes fire at waste management centre

SEREMBAN (BERNAMA) – The fire at the Kualiti Alam Waste Management Centre was caused by a chemical reaction within the logistics zone (shed A) designated for scheduled chemical waste storage at Cenviro Sdn Bhd, located in Ladang Tanah Merah, A3 Division, Bukit Pelanduk, Port Dickson in Malaysia.

State Committee on Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Climate Change, Cooperatives, and Consumerism chairman S Veerapan, estimated the company’s loss at MYR8 million as a result of the fire yesterday evening.

“I was informed that the incident occurred in the scheduled waste storage area, and the fire was triggered by a chemical reaction involving approximately 160 kilogrammes of chloride chemicals kept there.

“Currently, the authorities are monitoring air and water conditions, and the public need not worry as everything is under control,” he told reporters yesterday, noting that this was the third fire at the centre, after 2015 and 2019.

Meanwhile, Cenviro Group managing director, Dr Johari Jalil, stated that all 86 workers at the factory were safe. He clarified that the fire, which started in a remote storage area, was brought under control by the Negeri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department and the Cenviro Hazmat and Firefighting team.

“The fire only affected a portion of our warehouse capacity and did not impact the daily operations of our Waste Management Centre,” he added.

Police arriving at the scene in Port Dickson, Malaysia. PHOTO: BERNAMA