Published: Sunday September 23, 2012 MYT 6:20:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 23, 2012 MYT 6:21:14 PM
Fire at Taman Seputeh flats razes two units
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of a flat in Taman Seputeh here were forced to evacuate their units after a fire broke out on the third floor of the building Sunday.
City Fire and Rescue department operations officer Zukeri Shafie said they received a distress call at around 3.21pm.
"Five fire engines and 35 firemen from three fire stations nearby were dispatched to the scene.
"When we arrived there at around 3.34pm, two units on the third floor were already engulfed in flames," he told reporters when met at the scene.
He said firemen managed to control the fire in 15 minutes and that no one was injured in the incident.
"We believe the foreigners who lived in both units were not home at the time of the fire," he said, adding that the cause of the fire and extent of damage have yet to be established.
He said when the fire broke out, many residents on the lower floors evacuated, bringing their valuables, clothes and documents with them.
One of the residents who evacuated her home was 52-year-old Maimunah Ahmad Aziz.
She said she was watching television with her husband when she heard several minor explosions.
"I looked out of the window and saw smoke billowing from the upper floor," she said, adding that she and her husband had gathered their valuables and documents, and rushed out of the building.