Forensic unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur ravaged by fire

The forensics unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur caught fire around noon on March 17, 2018.
The forensics unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur caught fire around noon on March 17, 2018. — Bernama
HKL staff ensuring the evacuation process is conducted in a safe and orderly manner.
HKL staff ensuring the evacuation process is conducted in a safe and orderly manner.
Fire and Rescue Dept responds quickly to the blaze.
The forensics unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur caught fire around noon on March 17, 2018.
The forensics unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur caught fire around noon on March 17, 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR: A fire has broken out in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN) today.

Pictures of the building with plumes of black smoke can be seen emanating from the building.

Videos of people evacuating the area have surfaced.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel are on the scene and hospital staff have evacuated patients through the emergency exits.

The fire broke out at 12.15pm and the Fire and Rescue Department was alerted at 12.30pm.

Four fire engines were deployed to the location to control the blaze.

HKL director Datin Dr Nor Akma Yusuf released a statement saying that the fire has been since extinguished, she added that it had broken out at one of IPFN's store rooms.

She added that the surrounding buildings were evacuated of visitors, staff and patients as per standard fire safety procedure.

"So far, no casualties or deaths have been reported," she said.

She also assured that no services in the hospital had been disrupted and services have resumed.

She added that the cause of the fire was still being investigated. She urged members of the public not to speculate on the incident.

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