KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 2018 : A part of the six-storey Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, went up in flames this afternoon.
Firefighters are on hand to put out the blaze that has attracted many onlookers.
Thick smoke and flames were seen in one section of the building that is located close to the Federal Highway.
The fire caused traffic congestion on the highway.
EPF head of Corporate Communications Nurin Mastura quoted the Fire and Rescue Department authorities as saying that the fire had been brought under control.
She told Bernama, when contacted, that all the employees had left the building in time and no one was injured.
“EPF will issue a statement, ” she said.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohd Hafiz Mat Dali said almost 40 per cent of the building had been destroyed by the fire.
The cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained.
According to a preliminary report of the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, it was alerted to the fire at 11.53 am and the firefighters reached the scene at 11.58 am.
A total of 43 firefighters, including three officers, were engaged in fighting the blaze.
They had come from the fire stations in Section 7 Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Port Klang, Jalan Hang Tuah and Pantai. – Bernama