Monday, January 30, 2023

Fire broke out at Jakel’s premise for the second time, authorities to investigate the possibility of arson

NewsFire broke out at Jakel's premise for the second time, authorities to...

Yesterday (3 January), a fire broke out at Jakel’s outlet at Wisma Jakel in Section 7, Shah Alam. For the record, this is the second fire incident, with the first fire breaking out at the Wisma Jakel building on Monday (2 January).

According to Bernama, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director, Datuk Norazam Khamis said an in-depth investigation would be carried out to unearth comprehensive information.

“This fire could be caused by embers from burned fabrics. We are still investigating the matter and taking items that we need to analyse. Maybe the embers were somehow left behind or someone went up to do the burning.

“Other aspects will also be looked at and studied in-depth. Thus far, there is no conclusion that can be made about this second fire,” he said.

The department mobilised a total of 43 firemen to the scene after they received a distress call at 12.40 am. The fire was completely doused at 3.07 am.

Investigation to be carried out

Norazam said the department needed a period of 14 days to carry out a preliminary investigation and analysis, including obtaining witnesses to the incident.

In the meantime, he said that the department has mobilised the services of the Detection Dog Unit (K9) – with two English springer spaniel dogs named Woody and Rocco – to detect any substance that could cause a fire.

“Samples will be sent to our investigation laboratory in Bukit Jelutong for analysis. Apart from that, aspects of the wiring and electrical equipment used at the Wisma Jakel building will also be analysed,” he said.

He also said that the department had set up a forward control centre that comprised more than ten personnel to monitor and as a precautionary measure in case of a recurring fire.

The first fire broke out at Wisma Jakel building on Monday (2 January) and destroyed 80% of the three-storey shoplot.

Jakel Group managing director Faroz Jakel estimated that the company’s losses stood at RM100 mil from the first fire. However, that amount only took into account the damage to the property with other losses, including to the inventory, yet to be determined.

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