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Cladding made fire at EPF building worse

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PUTRAJAYA — Feb. 14, 2018: No foul play was detected in the fire at the Employees Provident Fund building in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday.

The fire occurred during repairs on the first floor of the building’s rear foyer.

The cladding installed in 2003 that was made of combustible materials worsened the effects of the fire.

At a press conference today, Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the fire affected only five per cent of the building.

He has ordered the management of buildings fitted with inflammable cladding to remove the materials immediately and replace them with substances approved by the Fire and Rescue Department.

The full report on the fire is expected to be released in two weeks.

Records show that a similar incident had occurred at the Kuala Lumpur Library in 2016 where the same material was used. — Bernama

 

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