Fire causes RM1 mil in damages at Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island jetty

Firemen used a portable pump to draw water from the Bukit Merah Lake to put out the fire. (Facebook pic)

BAGAN SERAI: The Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation said last night’s fire at the Orang Utan Island jetty at the Bukit Merah Lake resulted in RM1 million in damages.

Its CEO, D Sabapathy, said the 7pm fire damaged the tourism products sales centre and a cinema hall.

He said the staff, who were returning home, rushed back to the jetty to put out the fire before summoning the Fire and Rescue Department.

“The staff were already at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort jetty but rushed back after seeing the Orang Utan Island jetty on fire. No one was injured.

“The fire resulted in 30% damage to the structures,” he said when contacted today.

Meanwhile, Bagan Serai Fire & Rescue Service operations chief Abd Nasir Jalil said the station was notified at 7.20pm and rushed a team of firefighters to the location.

“We used a portable pump to draw water from the Bukit Merah Lake to put out the fire,” he said, adding that the operation ended at 10.30pm.