Second blaze at Wisma Jakel

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The Fire and Rescue Department is looking at arson or embers as possible causes of the latest fire at the Wisma Jakel building in Shah Alam.

Fire and Rescue Dept

Its Selangor director Datuk Norazam Khamis said a detailed investigation of the fire, which destroyed 16 premises there, would take at least 14 days.

“In that time, we will also get the laboratory analysis results from samples taken during our inspection of the building.

“We have yet to determine the cause of the fire so far,” he told reporters at the scene on Tuesday (Jan 3).

He said the investigation would focus on whether or not there had been a deliberate setting of the second fire, or if it was caused by embers from the earlier fire.

“The investigation includes (talking to) witnesses.

“We also deployed the K9 unit to assist.

“Two dogs are being used to detect any petrol, oil or coal residue,” he said, adding that a forward control centre manned by a team of 10 had been set up to monitor the area in case of additional fire risks.

He stressed that members of the public were not allowed to enter the area.

“Only firefighters will carry out the removal of items, including fabrics, from the premises.

“The fire has been extinguished but comprehensive monitoring measures are continuing,” he said.

On Sunday (Jan 1), a fire razed the popular garment and textile retailer’s branch here, causing estimated losses of almost RM100 million.

A second fire was reported to have started there early Tuesday morning.

A distress call was made at around 12.45am and the fire, in a storeroom for curtains on the third floor, was brought under control by 1.45am.

It was extinguished at 3.07am. – The Star