KOTA KINABALU: Fire broke out at the Kayu Madang rubbish disposal centre after disused tyres were set on fire by unknown people.
Thick black smoke could be seen from miles away prompting many calls to BorneoToday from members of the public who wanted to know what was happening.
A fire department spokesman said they were alerted about the blaze at about 3.40pm Wednesday, and by the time they arrived the fire had spread to several areas.
On a few days ago, Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong had queried Kota Kinabalu City Hall on the presence of a growing squatter colony as well as rising numbers of scavengers at the rubbish dump.
He said firemen from Tuaran were assisted by their counterparts from Kota Kinabalu and it took several hours to put the fire under control.
MAN BURNT TO DEATH IN LONGHOUSE FIRE
In KUDAT, Bernama reported that a 28-year-old man was found burnt to death after a fire destroyed a 12-door longhouse in Kampung Nangka, Matunggong, about 60km from here, Wednesday.
The man had yet to be identified, said a spokesman of the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre.
He said fire-fighters took about an hour to reach the longhouse after the department was notified at 1.06pm.