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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 7:06:44 AM
Thick smoke: Larkin firemen putting out the flame that occured at CIMB Bank along Jalan Trus.
JOHOR BARU: A 42-year-old five-storey building which houses the CIMB Bank located along Jalan Trus in the heart of the city centre here was badly damaged due to a fire last Thursday.
The fire is believed to have started at the store located at the second level of the building, which previously was the Johor Umno headquarters just as traders of a nearby night bazaar began to put up their tents.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Hamid Suari said the department received a distress call from the public notifying of thick black smoke coming from the building at around 6.50pm on that day.
He added that a total of four fire engines from the Larkin station with 28 personnel were deployed to the scene.
“We arrived at the scene at 7.15am and put out the flame some two-hours later.
“The fire spread quickly to other parts of the building as many files were stored in the area,” he said.
Hamid added that no one was injured during the incident as the bank staff had already returned home.
He also said that the cause of the fire is still being investigated and the department was still assessing the damage incurred.
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