Electrical fault at the third floor of Sultan Aminah Hospital had been identified as the reason for the fire which claimed six lives and injuring others yesterday morning.
Early investigations showed faulty wiring caused a short circuit as the cause of the blaze at the intensive care unit (ICU) said Southern Johor Baru police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh.
“Seven patients were in the ICU during the time of fire.
“Out of the seven patients, four women and two men have died, while one patient was saved but experienced 80% burns while three staff suffered from smoke inhalation,” he said.
Other patients in the same block was evacuated and transferred to other wards in different buildings he said when met the reporters today in the hospital.
“We believe that all the victims died due to suffocation caused by the thick smoke in the ward,” he added.
Meanwhile Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Othman Abdullah said a distress call was received at 8.56am yesterday.
“We deployed 10 fire engines with 160 personnel from Johor Baru, Tebrau, Kulai and Johor Jaya fire stations to the scene.
“The fire affected two floors of the main building but we managed to stop it from spreading to other floors by 1.30pm,” said the state fire department chief
At the tragic site today, Staffs of Sultanah Aminah Hospital were busy cleaning up the mess left by the fire outbreak and were assisted by soldiers from the Malaysia 7th Infantry Brigade based at the Tebrau Camp who arrived as early as 8am.
At the compound of hospital’s main building, a briefing was given by the hospital officials on the cleaning-up work to be done at the affected wards.
Johor Bahru City mayor, A. Rahim Nin who was visiting the hospital was seen listening to the briefing given by HSA officials on the fire occurred just before 9am yesterday.