Fire dept takes samples from ICU for analysis

bombaJOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Fire and Rescue Department has taken several samples from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA), where a fire broke out yesterday, for analysis.

Its operations division assistant director, Mohd Rizal Buang, said the samples would be sent to the department’s laboratory soonest to determine the cause of fire which claimed the lives of six people.

“The results of the analysis and investigation report should be ready in two weeks’ time. I would like to stress here that we will not face any problem as we have vast experience in determining causes of fires.

“In fact, we have our own laboratory to ease the process,” he told reporters here.

Mohd Rizal said initial investigations revealed that the fire alarm system located at the (ICU) ward was fully functioning at the time of the incident.

He also said a witness claimed that the blaze started at a treatment room in the ICU ward before spreading.

“We found that almost 80 per cent of the ward had been destroyed,” Mohd Rizal said, adding that 10 staff, including an intern, were on duty during the incident.

Some of them were busy evacuating the patients after the fire broke out with thick smoke filling the area, forcing the firefighters later to smash the windows for ventilation, he said.

Mohd Rizal said a total of 166 firefighters in 10 fire engines from five stations were despatched to the scene after receiving a distress call at 8.56am.

He said the operations ended at 1.30pm.