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Monday January 20, 2014 MYT 9:11:06 AM
by jastin ahmad tarmizi
Massive blaze: Firemen trying to put out the fire at a factory in Bandar Puchong Jaya.
PETALING JAYA: A factory manufacturing cushion seats for vans, buses and lorries was gutted in a morning fire at Bandar Puchong Jaya, near here.
Billows of thick smoke could be seen several kilometres away as flames licked the two-storey building, belonging to Sze Chuan Sdn Bhd, in Jalan Rajawali 1A in the 10am blaze yesterday.
Several workers were seen scrambling to grab a forklift to remove a parked ambulance, believed to be at the factory for the installation of seats by the company.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
Puchong fire station chief Jafri Amat said its control room received a call about the fire at around 10am. Fire fighters arrived at the scene about six minutes later.
“When we arrived, the smoke was already thick. We estimated the factory had caught fire for more than 10 minutes and the flames had destroyed almost half of it,” he told reporters at the scene.
He had sought help from the Selangor headquarters to get reinforcement from the Subang Jaya and Cyberjaya fire stations.
Twenty-four firemen from the three fire stations managed to control the fire by 10.40am and completely doused the flames several hours later.
“The main structure of the building is still intact but its interior and extensions are completely des-troyed.
“We managed to stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring buildings on both sides of the factory,” said Jafri, adding that the fire could have started from the extension used as a store at the back of the factory.
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