Senior citizens escape burning apartment block in KL


Bomba personnel inspecting the damage to a unit after the fire was put out.

PETALING JAYA: Four elderly residents at an apartment block in Jalan Loke Yew in Kuala Lumpur were treated for breathing difficulties after escaping their burning homes.

Senior Operations Commander Fire Superintendent Muhammad Ridhwan Kamarulzaman said the Fire and Rescue Department received an emergency call at 3.44pm on Thursday (July 30) and sent a crew of 24 people to the scene.

"Four units were on fire on the fourth and fifth floors of the apartment block and four managed to escape," he said.

However, the man and three women experienced breathing difficulties, believed to have been caused by smoke inhalation and were sent to hospital for treatment.

One of the units was completely destroyed in the fire while the others suffered 30% to 40% damage.

The Fire and Rescue Department managed to bring the flames under control at around 4.15pm and fully extinguishedthe blaze at around 5pm.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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