KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman said only "waste paper" was destroyed during the fire on the 10th floor of Menara 2 in its headquarters Wednesday, and not "secret documents" related to any ongoing investigations.
"It was just waste paper. Old papers that we were no longer using, application forms, book files.
"All the paper that was burnt had been placed outside in the corridor, waiting for disposal," Federal criminal investigation department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh told The Star.
Comm Mohmad, whose department was affected by the fire, said that the incident only happened in the outer corridor of the office.
He said the police and Fire and Rescue Department were running a separate investigation in Level 10's east corridor, overlooking Dataran Merdeka.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
He was accompanying newly-minted deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who visited the site on Thursday morning,
Comm Mohmad also assured that no "secret" documents were affected by the fire, amidst intense conspiracy theories from Malaysians who related the incident to a supposed means to destroy evidence.
Inspector-General of Police secretariat assistant head (corporate communications) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad slammed the speculation online, after news of the fire went viral.
"They (commenters) are ignorant to the facts of the case. They are irresponsible and they don't realise the impact of their actions," she said.
Meanwhile, KL Fire and Rescue Department chief Khirudin Drahman pointed out the fire hazard of keeping flammable papers out in the open in the police headquarters.
From previous cases, he said office fires like the one on Wednesday was usually sparked from cigarette butts or smoking in the building.
Fire breaks out at police HQ