BATU PAHAT: Four stalls at the Jalan Pengkai, the famous food street in town, were destroyed in an early Saturday fire.
Residents were woke up by loud explosion, fortunately, one were injured during the incident around 1am.
Stalls that perished in the fire were yao char kuai (deep-fried dough sticks), newspaper, lala fried noodles as well as fried nian gao (Chinese sticky rice cake) and mee hoon kueh (hand-torn noodles) stalls.
A stall operator, who did not want to be named, said all the stalls were closed around midnight.
"We believe the fire started from a stall at the corner and fire spread very fast and destroyed whole row of stalls due to strong wind.
"There are many gas cylinders at the site, people here and nearby could hear the explosion.
"Luckily it was a small explosion and no one was injured, thanks to the quick actions of the firefighters," he said when met at the scene.
Fire and Rescue Department is investigating the cause of the fire and losses.