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Following the news that a fire has broken out at the landmark Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, EPF has confirmed that the fire has been contained and there were no casualties. Damage was restricted mainly to the exterior of the building and some cars parked alongside the building.
Initial reports indicate the fire started on the first floor of the building at around 11.50am on 13 February and was contained under 30 minutes following quick response by the Fire and Rescue Department.
On that note, EPF will conduct an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire at its Petaling Jaya branch and also assess safety measures on all of its other buildings and branches nationwide.
In an update, EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said: “We are thankful that we were able to ensure first and foremost the safety of our staff and visitors to our branches and offices. We apologise to all who were affected by the incident and are grateful to the fire department who responded so quickly and managed to contain the blaze within 30 minutes.”
Following the statement by deputy director-general of the Fire and Rescue Services Department that the fire was ignited by a spark on the external cladding of the building, Datuk Shahril added, “We are very concerned that our external cladding could have been the cause of the fire and will certainly extend our fullest cooperation to the authorities. Even though the fire only affected the external part of the building, I have instructed the PJ branch to be closed until all necessary action has been taken to ensure the building is safe.”
The EPF reassures that member and employer services are not affected by the incident and all transactions can be conducted as per normal at its other branches nationwide or online via the iAkaun app.
In the release, the EPF reassures members that their data was never in any danger of being compromised by the fire as its data servers are in a secure remote location and supported by world-class backup and recovery procedures.
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