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Patients and staff were evacuated from the new specialist and daily treatment wing of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).
KUALA LUMPUR: Patients and staff were evacuated from the new specialist and daily treatment wing of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) after a fire broke out on the ninth floor.
City Fire and Rescue Department operations centre head Samsol Maarif Saibani said the department received a distress call at about 12.40pm on Thursday.
"We arrived at about 12.50pm. At that time the fire was already put out by building maintenance personnel but smoke was able to spread to the eighth floor through the centralised air conditioning system," he said, adding that there were no casualties.
He added that the fire was believed to have started from the 9th floor of the Air Handling Unit (AHU) control room.
"Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, we believe that it was caused by an electrical overload on a panel that controlled the air-conditioning system for the two operating theatres on the eighth floor," he told reporters at the scene.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who visited the site, said as a safety measure, all patients and personnel would be moved from the block.
"For the time being, all activities have also been stopped until the Fire and Rescue Department can certify that the building is safe," he told reporters.
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