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Temporarily closed: The damaged section of the school can be seen from outside.
KUALA LUMPUR: Plans for Sri Cempaka International School’s UPSR examination beginning on Tuesday have to be changed after a fire ripped through the fourth floor of the primary school wing in Bukit Damansara here on Friday.
Cempaka Schools Malaysia founder Datuk Freida Mohd Pilus said the school would be closed for about two weeks due to the fire that destroyed three classrooms and a dance studio on the top floor.
“The incident is still under investigation. We will be having a crisis management planning with the teachers next week,” she said.
Freida said the 30 affected UPSR pupils would be transferred to the Damansara Community Hall.
“They will take their UPSR exam at the community hall located near the school,” she added.
Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Zakaria Syed Yusoff said the authorities were notified of the blaze at 10.30pm.
“We deployed five fire trucks together with 51 personnel to the scene,” he said.
They managed to contain the fire and successfully put it out 20 minutes later. No injuries or casualties were reported.
Cempaka Schools director Raphael Hamzah said no one was around when the fire broke out. The security guard spotted it and called for help.
A check by The Star at noon yesterday revealed that part of the school had been cordoned off by the Fire and Rescue Department.
Meanwhile, a parent who only wanted to be known as Yang, said students were notified about the incident through an official note.
“The note told us that the Cempaka Damansara campus is closed until further notice,” said Yang.
Yang said students were told to look out for updates that would be sent to them over the weekend on the situation.
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