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Fire at iconic building a wake-up call

Conservationists fear a catastrophic fire is waiting to happen after a table in the corridor of the Old Sanitary Board and Town Hall building at Dataran Merdeka was destroyed on Saturday morning. They said the fire, which charred a window, was a wake-up call for the authorities to secure and conserve the cluster of iconic…
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Fire at Penang’s Northeast district police headquarters

Fire broke out in a room at the Northeast police headquarters’ Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department this morning, damaging some 40 per cent of the structure. The room, located on the fourth floor, houses the administrative and photography units. No one was injured in the incident. Northeast police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong said the fire…
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First Loss vs Full Value

You will probably come cross this question when insuring your content for either a fire insurance or burglary insurance. What value should you insured for your content? And what is the difference between First Loss and Full Value? Insuring your content on a Full Value basis is straight-forward. If your content or stock is worth…
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Only a fraction of houses insured against fires

LAST YEAR, about RM3.31bil worth of property was destroyed in fire-related incidents, according to statistics from the Fire and Rescue Department. What is even more alarming is that only two million out of eight million homes in the country are insured, said its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid. “Many people think such a disaster will…
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Don’t take fire safety for granted

FIRE and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Muhammad Hamdan Wahid revealed on April 3 that about 140 out of 650 government buildings nationwide have yet to be issued a fire certificate (FC), and 39 of those buildings are located in the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya. It was reported that the department would adopt a more aggressive…
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Girl dies in house fire

SHAH ALAM, Dec 17  (Bernama) – A seven-year-old girl died, while her father and a younger brother sustained serious burns when a fire broke out in a bedroom of a two-storey bungalow in Section 12 here late yesterday. The girl, identified as Daaniys (rpt: Daaniys) Humayra Mohd Shafie, died during treatment at Shah Alam Hospital, where her…
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Fire breaks out in Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall

6 November 2018: A shoe shop in a popular shopping mall caught on fire. “A fire occurred at a storeroom of a branded shoe shop on the ground floor of Sunway Pyramid. There are no victims,” said a Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson. The fire was successfully extinguished at around 5.53pm, with the help of…
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laundry centre on fire, customer hurted

A woman who suffered 50 per cent burns in a fire at a 24-hour self-service Laundrybar outlet in Taman Jinjang last night is in a stable condition. “It comes as a real shock to us as we are one of the pioneers in the business here and have always practised the strictest safety measures at…
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Flammable cladding panels fuelled the EPF building blaze

The cladding panels used on the exterior of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Gasing did not meet fire safety requirements, said Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid. Initial investigations revealed that the fire started on the first floor, where maintenance work was being carried out to the exterior of…
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Understand the major causes of fire

FAULTY electrical sources are the No. 1 cause of fires in the country, with more than 5,300 cases recorded in the past three years. Of the number, more than 1,000 buildings were razed as a result of short circuits, triggered either by overloading, faulty electrical appliances or wiring. Statistics provided by the Fire and Rescue…
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