Hospital fire probe: No oxygen tank, handphone link

Edwin Galan TerukiPETALING JAYA: Speculation that an oxygen tank explosion or a mobile phone being charged had caused the fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru on Tuesday is wrong.

Fire and Rescue Department Investigation Division Assistant Director-General Edwin Galan Teruki told media this in a press conference in Johor Baru yesterday, The New Straits Times reported.

“As we are still analysing the evidence, I cannot tell what is the most likely cause of the fire. We can only reveal that after the analysis is completed.

“However, I can say that it was neither an oxygen tank nor the fact that someone was charging a handphone, as speculated on social media,” Edwin was quoted as saying by the daily.

Six patients died in the fire which started at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at about 9am on Tuesday.

Edwin added that the forensic team’s objective was not only to identify the cause of the fire but also to check on the safety aspects in place at the location, namely fire-fighting equipment, presence of fire hazards and other precautionary measures.

The forensic team, comprising personnel from Putrajaya and Johor, completed their investigations yesterday.