Traffic jams after TNB cables under Penang bridge caught fire (updated)

GEORGE TOWN, 22 Feb 2021:

Electrical cables under the Penang Bridge at KM3.3 caught fire today – causing massive traffic jams, which stretched for over 2km on both sides of the bridge.

The fire, which occurred during the peak hours, caused thick black smoke to billow out which could be seen from 1km away.

Perai Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Mohd Fadzil Othman said the first fire engine rushed to the scene after the department received a distress call at about 4.30pm.

“Firefighters found the power cable under the bridge in flames. However, there was no access to the site to put out the fire. For now, we are still putting out the fire from the bridge.

“Firefighters, together with Penang Bridge Emergency Response Team, are trying to get to the location by sea,” he said when contacted.

No one was injured in the incident and an investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

Concessionaire PLUS Malaysia Bhd announced on Twitter the bridge has been reopened for traffic flow as at 10pm.

PLUS also assured the public the integrity of the Penang Bridge remains intact and it is safe for use. It said in a statement the fire was extinguished at 7.30pm and no one was injured in the incident.

It said the right lanes on both sides of the bridge at the fire incident location would remain closed for a few days to facilitate investigations being jointly carried out by TNB, the Fire and Rescue Department and the police.

“During this period, PLUS encourages all road users to use the Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah to lessen congestion caused by the lane closures.”

– Bernama