A fire occurred at a police evidence storage yard believed to be housing seized contrabands including fireworks in Sentul here, with eyewitnesses reporting explosions from a building within the compound.
Footage circulating on social media also showed thick smoke billowing from the building’s vicinity.
On 26 April, Sentul police had invited members of the media to the yard to observe the disposal of over RM4.17 million worth of fireworks seized last month.
According to a statement issued by the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department, they received an emergency call at 6.22 pm, and they immediately deployed firefighters to the scene and arrive at 6.32 pm.
“The blaze involved an evidence storage area whereby 30% of the compound building structure and 80% of an open area involving 50 vehicles were destroyed by the fire,” the statement reads.
The fire was successfully put out around 7.02 pm with the combined effort of personnel from five different Fire and Rescue Departments.
Three workers, who are civilians were slightly injured by the explosion fragments and they have since been taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for treatment.
The police have not found any elements of treachery linked to this incident.
In a brief media statement later, Beh said the standard operating procedures involving the disposal of seized contrabands were in accordance with the Court Order issued.
“To inform, the seized items were disposed of by flattening them with a steamroller and soaking them in water before they are buried,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.