GEORGE TOWN: Aspen Group has announced that the units at its Tri Pinnacle project in Mount Erskine were unaffected by a fire that broke out on Monday.
There were no casualties or injuries either, as all 235 workers on site have been accounted for, the developer’s president and group CEO Datuk M. Murly said.
He pointed out that the 5.30pm fire affected only four areas — the temporary storage site and timber form work placed on the Level 6 car park, the vertical rubbish chute, and the rubber sealant on the rooftop water tank.
Murly said flames carried by strong winds through the chute to the rooftop gave some the impression that the fire affected the whole tower, but stressed that this was not true.
He added that wiring for the building had not been done yet, thus any damage was confined to temporary wiring used for construction purposes only.
Although the cause of the incident has not yet been officially determined as the Fire Department’s investigation is ongoing, the company suspects a short circuit on Level 6 might have been a possible cause, he told a press conference yesterday.
Refuting newspaper reports that seven workers were trapped inside the buildings, Murly said they were safely evacuated and brought to safety within minutes of the Fire Department’s arrival.
Only one, Bulu Sharma from Myanmar, was taken to the Penang Hospital for a medical check-up.
Murly said four workers who were located at the highest points of the tower were advised to remain until the fire below was put out.
All construction works at the site have been stopped to enable further inspections by engineers, architects, consultants and authorities.
Only remedial works will be carried out, he said.
“The safety and integrity of the structures are our utmost priority, and the buildings will be fully inspected to ensure that they have not been affected in any possible way.
“I personally ask that the sensitivity and feelings of home purchasers be looked upon before any speculative remarks are made,” he said.
Murly added that the company did not foresee a delay of the project’s scheduled completion date in the fourth quarter of this year due to the incident, and pledged to do their best to complete it on time.