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Landmark EPF building on fire

Landmark EPF building on fire

"A fire has broken out at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Petaling Jaya and images of the incident are being splashed all over social media".

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building overlooking the Federal Highway has caught fire, with flames and thick smoke coming from its upper floors.

London's Grenfell fire killed a total of 71 people in June a year ago.

Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general of operations Datuk Soiman Jahid said the fire, which was put out in under 30 minutes, started on the first floor of the building after sparks from restoration works ignited the polyethylene cladding.

Noting that the Universal Building By-Laws requires buildings to be fitted with non-flammable cladding panels, he said using highly flammable ones is a clear infringement of the law.

No casualties were reported, according to a spokesman from the department.

Landmark EPF building on fire
Landmark EPF building on fire

The blaze has been brought under control.

A motorist who was driving by relayed to Malaysian Digest the situation is risky for other motorists travelling along the Federal Highway, and hoped that the employees managed to safely evacuate the building.

"EPF will issue a statement", she said. EPF paid out 7 per cent in 1996.

In the release, the EPF reassures members that their data was never in any danger of being compromised by the fire as its data servers are in a secure remote location and supported by world-class backup and recovery procedures.

The fund said its EPF Crisis Response team worked closely with the Fire Department to ensure that the fire did not spread to any other floor or to surrounding areas.

"As safety of customers and staff is our prime concern, total evacuation of the building has been taken, and office and counter services are closed until further notice".

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