Cops probe whether Kota Bharu car fire was caused by crackers

KOTA BAHRU: The police will be carrying out further investigations into an incident here in which a car caught fire after firecrackers were thrown inside the vehicle.

Kota Bahru district police chief Abdul Rahim Daud said police had received a report on the Tuesday night incident and the case is being investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code for causing mischief by fire.

“Police are still investigating with the help of the Kelantan Fire and Rescue Department’s forensic unit to confirm whether the fire was caused by the firecrackers or due to other causes.

“We strongly warn all parties not to play with firecrackers because it is an offence and can be dangerous,” he said when contacted today.

He said police would take stern action against anyone who played with firecrackers.

“The police have set up a special team to monitor and take action regarding this,” he said.

A video of the Perodua Kancil up in flames has gone viral on social media after the midnight incident which was said to be the work of a group of individuals.

It was claimed the firecrackers then exploded, setting off sparks that eventually caused the fire.

In Langkawi, an Indonesian man died after a luxury boat caught fire at a repair yard at Bukit Malut, Langkawi, yesterday.

Kedah Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohamadul Ehsan Mohd Zain said the department was alerted about the fire at 3am. The fire was finally put off at 8.30am.

Four Indonesian men and a woman, who were workers on the boat, suffered breathing problems and were sent to Hospital Sultanah Maliha, Langkawi, for treatment.

The remains of the dead man were later recovered from the ruins of the boat.