The night erupted into chaos, leaving the residents of Sri Sabah Flats in Cheras in a state of panic as a massive fire engulfed, destroying five residential units.
Last night (February 11), the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba) confirmed that a fire broke out at Sri Sabah Flats in Taman Kobena, Cheras, resulting in extensive damage to five residential units on the 17th floor of Block 70.
Sri Sabah Flats encounter devastating fire
According to Buletin TV3, the fire incident saw units suffering damage levels between 85 to 97 percent, and it also reported that there were no casualties.
Senior Operations Commander, Deputy Fire Chief II Mohd Hafizan Hassan confirmed the absence of casualties but noted that a 62-year-old woman experienced respiratory distress during the incident. Fortunately, her condition is currently stable.
Immediate response by authorities
The fire alert was issued at 9.19 pm, prompting a swift mobilization from the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Operations Center.
Response teams from several fire stations, including Pudu, Bandar Tun Razak, Hang Tuah Road, Tun Razak Road, and Sri Hartamas, were deployed alongside volunteers from Bukit Bintang, Desa Petaling, and Gombak.
Equipped with an extensive range of firefighting gear, including three Fire Rescue Tenders, a Light Fire Rescue Tender, two Emergency Medical Response Units, a Water Tanker, three Rapid Intervention Motorcycles, and two Aerial Ladder Platforms, the 47-strong team tackled the blaze.
The affected homes, each spanning 800 square feet, saw firefighters employing intricate ‘relay pumping’ methods and a mix of ‘offensive’ and ‘defensive’ strategies to combat the fire’s spread.
By 11.22 pm, it was reported that the fire had been successfully extinguished. Investigations are underway to ascertain the cause and full extent of the damage.