KUALA LUMPUR – A major fire broke out at the old Federal police headquarters tower block in Bukit Aman yesterday evening.
According to a statement from the Fire Services Department the burning building was spotted from a distance and fire trucks were having difficulty reaching the site due to peak hour traffic.
The fire was believed to have broken out on the 10th floor of the building.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar took to his Twitter handle @KBAB51, urging the public to stop speculating on the fire.
He said the fire that broke out on the 10th floor of Tower 2 which houses the Criminal Investigation Department.
Khalid said there were no casualties involved and that the fire only damaged the corridor and destroyed unimportant files and documents.
“No casualties were reported, the cause is being investigated. Stop spreading rumuours,” he said.
The fire was put out at 8.20pm.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajudin Md Isa later this evening said the fire only affected old files and papers.
“Apparently the fire only destroyed papers and old files. The fire department’s forensics team is still at the site,” he told reporters.
News of the fire spread quickly on social media, and many social media users lampooned the police, suggesting that investigation papers pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) might have been destroyed.