Videos of thick billowing smoke pouring out of the roof of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Bintang have gone viral on social media yesterday (30 March) as netizens speculated on whether the building has caught on fire.
According to Malay Mail, there was a kitchen fire that occurred around 2 pm from inside the shopping mall.
It was reported that the fire broke out from ducks being roasted over a woodfire, in Dragon-i Restaurant’s kitchen, located on the first floor of the mall.
Pavilion on fire- can’t establish the precise location pic.twitter.com/pAAMjAy8gJ— Dominic Damian JAN 1513 (@jan_1513) March 30, 2022
The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) said 2 fire engines and 11 firefighters were dispatched to the scene right after they receive an emergency call at around 2.12 pm.
The department explained that the thick grey smoke seen in the viral videos was caused by the apparent cooking technique, which later also set off the kitchen’s fire sprinkler system.
Pavilion terbakar ke? Aku screenshot dari insta story je ni pic.twitter.com/eEGLpFEmfP— Pedoq, what is this behavior?! (@pedoqpop) March 30, 2022
“The fire eventually extinguished itself. At the same time, five fire sprinklers broke due to the heat generated by the fire,” the department said in a statement.
“The flames affected an estimated area of 5×5 sq ft and the source of the fire according to the premise owner was from the duck meat furnace.”
“They were cooking the duck using wood; further investigations are ongoing.”
Fortunately, no loss of life or injuries were reported due to the incident.
The department added that the thick smoke seen by the public was due to the fumes escaping through the mall’s chimneys from the restaurant’s kitchen.
Following the incident, Pavilion KL has in a statement said the shopping mall remains open for business and that their operations and safety department is investigating the cause of the fire.
They also assured that they will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of all of its patrons.