Earlier today, 13 February, the EPF building on Jalan Gasing caught fire
New Straits Times reported that thick smoke and fire could be seen emanating from the building, which is located next to Federal Highway.
According to The Star, the blaze has also caused traffic congestion on both Federal Highway and Jalan Gasing.
The Fire and Rescue Department announced that no casualties were reported at the time of writing this article.
The fire was caused by a spark that ignited a flammable cladding panel used on the building’s exterior
According to The Star, Deputy director-general of the Fire and Rescue Services Department, Datuk Soiman Jahid said this incident was similar to the fire in Grenfell, London last year.
He also said that the Universal Building By-Laws requires buildings to be fitted with non-flammable cladding panels, adding that using flammable ones is a clear infringement of the law.
According to Astro Awani, 40% of the building has been burnt down
According to The Star, a spokesman for the department said the fire began at around 11.50am.
The blaze is under control at the time of writing this article.
The Star also reported that police have cordoned off the road leading to Jalan Gasing to assist firefighting efforts.