On Monday (May 9, 2022) a car caught fire and rolled backwards on KM 2.9 along the Jalan Genting Highlands, a tragic incident captured on video by TikTok user ren.pmx. According to TheyThere was a family of five in the car, all of whom were able to escape safely.
In the video, the burning car was seen rolling down a few meters from the road as pedestrians and other vehicles jerked off the road before finally hitting an MPV. Another video posted by user kas_man88 shows a man trying to extinguish a fire with a fire extinguisher shortly after.
The department received an emergency call at 1.44pm and rushed to the scene, according to a spokesman for the Pahang Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM). “An operation was carried out to extinguish the fire but 80% of the vehicles were destroyed. A couple and their three young children were rescued unharmed, “he said, adding that the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Bentong OCPD Superintendent Jaiham Mohammad Kahar said the family was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands when a fire broke out from the car’s engine bogie and spread to other parts of the car. “The driver quickly stopped the car on the road and the family came out for safety,” Jaiham said. “The driver of the Toyota Welfare was unharmed,” he added.
This incident is another reminder that a car fire can happen and it is advisable to keep a fire extinguisher in your car in such an emergency. A small fire extinguisher (1 or 2 kg) is adequate and relatively affordable at around RM50. Class B (petrol, grease and other highly combustible / combustible liquids) and Class C (combustible gas) should be looked for using dry powder with BC or ABC rating to deal with fire – Class A wood, paper, cloth etc.