BUKIT JALIL (April 23): Residents of Bukit OUG Condominium were in shock late Thursday night when they saw the viral video of the top floor units in their community engulfed in fire with debris falling from the roof of the building.
The fire which started around 9pm last night caught the attention of residents who live nearby the more than 15-year-old condominiums here.
Some netizens took to taking videos of the incident and posted it on social media, while urging the residents of the condominium to evacuate the condo immediately.
EdgeProp.my photographer Low Yen Yeing who was at the scene around 9.30pm said the fire spread from one of the top floor unit to other units, while witnessing many residents staying nearby walking over to see what’s going on and waiting anxiously for the arrival of fire and rescue team.
Ruxi Ru, one of the residents of Bukit OUG Condominiums, said she heard things falling down from the top floor of the condo and only realised the building was on fire after her neighbour banged on her door and asked to evacuate from the building.
“At first, I thought it was just neighbours on the top floor having a fight and didn’t realise the building was on fire. We rushed out from the building using the evacuation staircase and waited for two hours (from 9pm to 11pm) until the fire was put out. Luckily we still have the electric and water supply,” she said in her Facebook postings around 9am on April 23.
A witness who wished to remain anonymous told FMT news portal that she heard a loud explosion prior to seeing falling debris.
According to a Bernama report, senior Fire and Rescue Operations commander Mohamad Hafidz Yaacob said the department received an emergency call at 9.14pm and immediately despatched fire engines from the Jalan Hang Tuah, Sri Petaling and Seputeh fire stations with 45 personnel involved in the operation.
He said when the firemen arrived at the scene, about 60% to 90% of the two units on the 12th floor had been alreay been gutted.
“The operation to douse the fire was carried out using attacking and offensive fire fighting techniques… The fire was brought under control at about 10pm and completely extinguished at 10.30pm,” he said.
He noted that no casualties or injuries were reported in the incident, while the cause of the fire was still being investigated.
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