KUALA LUMPUR – The fire at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sultanah Aminah
Hospital (HSA) which claimed the lives of six people yesterday was the first of
its kind ever at the premises.
It was also perhaps the worst fire incident ever recorded involving
hospitals in the country.
Based on information gathered from the Bernama Library and Infolink Service
(BLIS), there were seven major fire incidents that took place in several
hospitals in Malaysia since 1993.
These are the incidents:
* May 30, 1993: Part of second floor of the administration block in the
Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia located next to Kuala Lumpur
General Hospital (now Kuala Lumpur Hospital), was destroyed in a fire at 2.30am.
No one was reported killed.
* July 8, 1993: A fire broke out at the Neurology Institute of the same
hospital at 2am. Some 190 patients had to be evacuated. Total loss was recorded
at about RM200,000. No deaths were reported.
* Jan 16, 1995: Several construction items kept by a contractor under a
staircase were destroyed in a fire that occurred at the third floor of
Universiti Hospital (now Universiti Malaya Medical Centre).
* May 2, 2007: Power supply tripping in an elevator caused a small fire on
the first floor of the Neurology Ward of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL). Some
50 patients and visitors had to be evacuated. No deaths were reported.
* July 30, 2011: A fire that broke out at the Mental Patients Isolation Room
of the HKL’s Emergency Department, caused by a mentally-ill patient who ignited
a lighter. The incident occurred at 12.30am, causing the rapid spread of fire
with thick smoke. One person was reported killed.
* Feb 15, 2014: A block of a new building at the Sarawak General Hospital
was on fire due to welding sparks from a construction site in the hospital’s
compound. No property damage was reported but a 35-year-old Indonesian
construction worker was found dead with burn marks at the scene. Some 151
patients from six wards were relocated.
* Aug 15, 2016: A small fire broke out at a store room of Hospital Sri Kota,
Klang. No evacuation of patients or visitors carried out. No deaths were
According to HSA’s official website, the hospital is situated in Jalan
Skudai about two kilometres away from Johor Bahru city centre. It was built in
1938 to replace the old and earliest hospital in the district, which was built
On a 98.6 hectare site, HSA is located near the Straits of Tebrau,
fronting the Republic of Singapore.
The five-storey hospital was designed by architects at ‘Palmer and Turner’
firm. It has two T-shaped wings.
Now, the hospital offers 21 clinical services, nine clinical support
services and five non-clinical support services. There are seven units under its
It has also become the coronary treatment centre for the
southern region as well as Sabah and Sarawak.
As of 2010, the hospital offered 989 beds to the public to cater to the ever
increasing patients in the state.