Fire at Malaysian police HQ

The fire at the old tower of the police headquarters in Bukit Aman is believed to have originated on levels 9 and 10, where the criminal investigation and narcotics departments are located.
The fire at the old tower of the police headquarters in Bukit Aman is believed to have originated on levels 9 and 10, where the criminal investigation and narcotics departments are located.PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM THE STAR ONLINE/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA • Malaysian police said they are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out yesterday evening at the federal police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar urged the public to refrain from spreading rumours about the fire at the old tower of the headquarters in Bukit Aman.

"The fire has been put out. There is no cause for alarm as only unimportant documents were lost during the fire," he tweeted yesterday.

No one was injured in the fire. Police said it is believed to have originated on levels 9 and 10, where the criminal investigation and narcotics departments are located.

"As with any other fire incidents, Bomba (Fire and Rescue Department) will investigate the cause of the fire. Definitely, no conclusion has been reached yet," said Inspector-General of Police secretariat assistant head (corporate communications) Asmawati Ahmad.

The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department said it received a call about the fire at 7.20pm and 24 firemen were dispatched to the scene. They apparently had difficulty reaching the site due to peak hour traffic.

The blaze was brought under control by 7.47pm.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline 'Fire at Malaysian police HQ'. Print Edition | Subscribe