Actually, part of the four-storey building, a landmark of the city, collapsed at about 4:45pm, trapping nine Indonesian construction workers. Others working at the site managed to escape.
The Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 5:08pm and about 50 firemen immediately rushed to the scene.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Soiman Jahid said the first worker was pulled out of the rubble at 5:45pm and followed by the second about fifteen minutes later.
2 injured victims Suriono, 31, and Salleh, 45 were sent to the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).
6:44pm – Rescue workers recovered the body of a construction worker
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said Suriono was admitted to the emergency ward while Salleh received outpatient treatment.
Dead victim identified as Maskor, 28
There are still 6 more construction workers trapped under the debris. Search and rescue operation will continue
A resident living nearby earlier said he had heard trapped workers shouting “Tolong, tolong (Help, help)” for a while, but there was only silence now.
1 trapped worker managed to call his boss on his handphone, and rescue workers are trying to trace him.
Tracker dogs to search for the remaining victims
The building has six storeys, including two basement levels. Most of the workers were on the ground and third floors when the incident, whose cause is currently unknown, occurred.
At one stage, the remaining part of the building was teetering dangerously, reporters on the scene said, with bits and pieces still falling off.
However, the Fire and Rescue Department has confirmed that there are no houses nearby and residents were not in danger. Read more….