Published: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 9:52:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 10:44:17 PM
Two workers sleeping above restaurant die in fire
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
PETALING JAYA: Two restaurant workers suffocated to death after the second floor of the workers quarters located above a restaurant in Section 14 here caught fire.
The workers, who are Indian nationals, were sleeping on the third floor when the fire occurred at about 8pm Wednesday.
Fire and Rescue department operations commander Esa Aini said firemen managed to rescue five workers using the fire ladder while another worker jumped to safety.
"We managed to have the fire under control at about 8.15pm while the fire was finally put out 25 minutes later.
"We finally managed to recover the bodies of the two workers at about 8.40pm," he said.
Esa said initial investigations revealed the victims died of suffocation.
"The five workers rescued were unharmed while the one, who jumped suffered minor injuries.
"The injured victim was sent to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for treatment," he said.
He added 27 firemen and three fire engines were deployed to the scene. "We are still investigating the cause of the fire," he said.