Envoy’s residence damaged in fire

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THE residence of Brunei High Commissioner to Malaysia was badly damaged in a fire that occurred on Friday night, according to Malaysian media.

Malaysian state agency Bernama reported that the fire occurred at about 9pm, damaging a 30 square metre area on the second and third floors of the bungalow in Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

According to the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department, 56 firefighters as well as 10 vehicles from multiple fire and rescue stations were deployed to control the blaze.

Hampered by low water pressure, it took the firefighters over two hours to control the fire which reportedly broke out at a room on the second floor before spreading quickly to the rest of the house.

Brunei High Commissioner to Malaysia Dato Paduka Hj Ishaaq Hj Abdullah, his wife and five other people were at home during the incident, Bernama reported.

Director of Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department Khiruddin Drahman said the cause of the fire and the damage had yet to be ascertained.

The Brunei Times