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Huge blaze at EPF building in Jalan Gasing [NSTTV]

Huge blaze at EPF building in Jalan Gasing [NSTTV] Huge blaze at EPF building in Jalan Gasing [NSTTV]
Patty Aguilar | 15 February, 2018, 08:29

The Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) building along Jalan Gasing in Petaling Jaya has caught fire today, malaysiakini reported.

"There are no casualties or injuries, and all 527 EPF staff were quickly alerted to the fire and managed to evacuate safely to the adjacent auto park-cum-rescue area", Soiman said. "Even though the fire only affected the external part of the building, I have instructed the PJ branch to be closed until all necessary action has been taken to ensure the building is safe".

EPF head of Corporate Communications Nurin Mastura told the national news agency that all the employees had left the building in time and no one was injured.

It is understood that the fire may have started on the first floor at the back of the building, where some renovation work was being conducted.

The 58-year-old building, situated on Jalan Gasing, is a familiar landmark for tens of thousands of motorists using the busy highway.

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"The humid yet windy weather, coupled with flammable materials made it easier for the fire to rapidly spread", he conveyed during a press conference earlier.

Forty-three firefighters, including three officers, were engaged in fighting the blaze.

It is reported that firefighters came from fire stations in Section 7 Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Port Klang, Jalan Hang Tuah and Pantai, assisted in putting out the fire.

Following the statement by deputy director-general of the Fire and Rescue Services Department that the fire was ignited by a spark on the external cladding of the building, Datuk Shahril added, "We are very concerned that our external cladding could have been the cause of the fire and will certainly extend our fullest cooperation to the authorities".

"We would also like to assure members that there has been no compromise to data integrity or members savings in any manner".

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