Monorail suspends service after coach tyre catches fire

One of the four rubber tyres of a four-car train caught fire at 8:50am today and has since resulted in the service being suspended from the Chow Kit to the Titiwangsa stations.
One of the four rubber tyres of a four-car train caught fire at 8:50am today and has since resulted in the service being suspended from the Chow Kit to the Titiwangsa stations.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Rapid Rail Monorail Line temporarily suspended service to several stations today after the tyre of a four-car train caught fire at the Titiwangsa station.

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad Rapid Rail Monorail Line Chief Operation Officer Abdul Hadi Amran said that the one of the four rubber tyres of a four-car train caught fire at 8:50am today and has since resulted in the service being suspended from the Chow Kit to the Titiwangsa stations.

“One of rubber tyres for a four-car train caught fire at Titiwangsa station and resulted in heavy smoke. No one was in the train. Fire was put out by Fire Department,” Hadi said in a statement today.

“The fire has been extinguished and an investigation is being conducted. We don’t know the cause yet,” Titiwangsa Fire Station Chief Roslan Sidek told the Malay Mail Online in a phone interview.

Roslan added that the fire was “serious”, and needed three fire brigades with 22 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which took about an hour to get under control.

“It was serious, the fire was quite big. The Sentul Fire Brigade arrived at 8:58am and another two fire brigades from Titiwangsa and Hang Tuah also joined.

“We got control of the fire at 9:58am and we extinguished the fire at 10:11am,” he explained.

Another two-car train was also stranded between two monorail stations in Kuala Lumpur following “technical problems” but all passengers onboard has since been evacuated.

“In Incident two, a two-car train stranded between Imbi Station and Bukit Bintang Station due to technical problems.

“A rescue train was dispatched and pushed the stranded train to Imbi Station to clear the passengers,” Hadi said.

He added that an investigation is ongoing to find the cause of both incidents.

“Rapid Rail is carrying out an internal investigation into both incidents and apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the statement read.