KOTA KINABALU - Residents of Taman Cerah Menggatal, some 20kms from the state capital here were rocked by multiple explosions from a workshop and parking area for oil tankers and lorries late Tuesday.
The explosions were sparked off after lightning struck an oil tanker during a thunderstorm here, resulting in a massive fire which destroyed at least 15 tankers and lorries parked there.
Housewife Chin Su Yee, who lives across the road from workshop, said she could feel the ground shaking every time there was an explosion.
"It was so scary. I couldn't tell the thunder and explosions apart," she said.
State Fire and Rescue Services Department director Nordin Pauzi said a distress call was received at 9.23pm and five fire engines with 20 personnel were immediately dispatched.
"Initial reports shows about 10 tanker trucks were destroyed in the fire," he said.
"It took our personnel more than an hour to control the blaze as the tankers were loaded with either petrol or diesel," Nordin said, adding that several explosions occurred.
Firefighters managed to put the fire under control by 11pm and the operation ended a few hours later.
No casualties were reported, and the cause of the fire is being investigated said Nordin.