KUALA LUMPUR: The Lot 348 building under construction near KL Sentral caught fire about 3.50am Wednesday, forcing the closure of roads leading to KL Sentral and Jalan Brickfields and resulting in a massive traffic jam in the area.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Azizan Ismailsaid they received a distress call at 3.53am that the building was on fire and arrived at the scene five minutes later.
“The fire started on the 30th floor of the 33-floor building, which was expected to be completed at the end of this year.
“We encountered some problems fighting the blaze as the fire-fighting system installed was not fully functional.
“Due to this we had to set up a pump on the 25th floor to fight the blaze and this caused some delay in bringing the fire under control,” he added.
A total of 10 fire engines and 72 personnel fought the blaze.
Police were also at the scene to control the ensuing traffic jam in the vicinity following the closure of roads leading to KL Sentral and the Brickfields area