KL EMPIRE MALL EXPLOSION: Empire office & SoHo reopen

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Malaysian Insider

Empire office and SoHo reopen

By Lisa J. Ariffin
October 04, 2011

File photo of the damage caused by the explosion at the Empire Shopping Gallery.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — Empire office tower and SoHo today welcomed returning tenants following last week’s gas explosion at the adjoining Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya.In a press statement, Empire Holdings confirmed as of noon today a total of 513 tenants had returned — 139 tenants from the SoHo units and 374 tenants from the office units. Remaining tenants are expected to return later in the day or tomorrow.

The tenants were informed via email and telephone by the building’s management office after water, electricity, air-conditioning and Internet connections were re-connected.

The temporary closure of Empire Office Tower and SoHo was made as a precaution and in the interest of public safety following the September 28 incident.

Main – MalaysiaEmpire office and SoHo reopen @ Tue Oct 04 2011

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/…/empireoffice-and-sohore

4 Oct 2011 – KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — Empire office tower and SoHo today welcomed returning tenants following last week’s gas explosion at the

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The Star

Saturday October 1, 2011

Empire mall to reopen in 30 days

By P. ARUNA

SUBANG JAYA: The Empire Shopping Gallery will reopen to the public in 30 days while the Empire Hotel and 12-storey office tower will resume operations by Oct 15.

The complex, which was partly damaged in a gas explosion on Wednesday morning, is currently undergoing round-the-clock repairs.

The Energy Commission said the actual cause of the explosion was still under investigation and could take up to three months to determine.

“We will have to inspect the gas meters from every outlet to check for abnormalities in the readings.

“Then we will be able to pinpoint the source,” said spokesman Roslee Esman during a press conference with the mall and hotel management here yesterday.

Empire mall to reopen in 30 days – The Star Online

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1 Oct 2011 – SUBANG JAYA: The Empire Shopping Gallery will reopen to the public in 30 days while the Empire Hotel and 12-storey office tower will

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Malaysian Insider

Empire Hotel aims to recover from gas blast in fortnight

UPDATED @ 05:45:21 PM 30-09-2011
By Lisa J. Ariffin
September 30, 2011

The damaged facade of the Empire Gallery is seen following a pre-dawn explosion, in Subang Jaya on September 28, 2011. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, Sept 30 — Empire Hotel will resume business on October 15, following Wednesday’s gas explosion at the adjoining Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya.Empire Hotel group general manager Ricky Ho told reporters today that the hotel’s main priority now was to get internal communications up and running.

Empire Hotel aims to recover from gas blast – The Malaysian Insider

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30 Sep 2011 – PETALING JAYA, Sept 30 — Empire Hotel will resume business on October 15, following Wednesday’s gas explosion at the adjoining Empire

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Thursday September 29, 2011

Explosion at mall causes extensive damage, say residents

Reports by THO XIN YI, JADE CHAN and JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI
Photos by AZHAR MAHFOF and MUHD ZULFADHLI AHMAD ZAKI

SUBANG JAYA residents were rudely awakened by the early morning explosion at the Empire Shopping Gallery yesterday.

There was damage to outlets in the mall and residents living nearby were in a state of shock.

StarMetro spoke to some residents and Kelwant Kaur, 66, a resident at SS17 said the explosion was so strong that even residents from neighbouring areas felt the jolt.

She said the ceiling of her son’s room cracked because of the incident.

Waiting for relocation: Empire Hotel guests gathered outside after the blast.

“We were rudely awakened by the loud bang about 3am. I noticed that my room window had sprung open by itself.

“Thinking that it was just loud thunder and there was no rain, we went back to sleep,” she said.

It was only in the morning that Kelwant found out about the explosion from her daughter, who was on her way to work.

She later went to the shopping mall to check out the damage with her maid.

Explosion at mall causes extensive damage, say residents

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29 Sep 2011 – Explosion at mall causes extensive damage, say residents. Reports by THO XIN YI, JADE CHAN and JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI Photos by .

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4 hurt, 40 shops damaged in blast at Subang Jaya mall (Update)

Posted on 28 September 2011 – 10:13am
Last updated on 28 September 2011 – 09:58pm

Charles Ramendran, Pauline Wong and Alyaa Alhadjri
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

Firemen were seen at the Empire Shopping Gallery following the blast. TH TEOH

PETALING JAYA (Sept 28, 2011): A pre-dawn explosion, believed to have been triggered by a leaking gas line, ripped through more than 40 shops at the Empire Shopping Gallery in SS16, Subang Jaya today, injuring four people and causing extensive damage to the building.

The impact of the blast, which occurred at a restaurant at the lower ground at around 3.30am, also blew out the ground floor shop windows and wooden panels, showering bystanders and passing pedestrians with debris. Several cars parked in the vicinity were also damaged.

Dozens of police personnel and firemen who arrived the scene within minutes after receiving a distress call evacuated about 300 people from the adjoining Empire Tower Hotel, and cordoned off the area.

Two Nepalese guards – Surendran Kris Krishnan and Chhring Dawak Sepa – who were trapped on the lower ground floor where the blast originated, were rescued by firemen. One of them, however, suffered a broken leg.

They were given outpatient treatment at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

A couple who had just finished supper at one the restaurants at the mall were also slightly injured in the blast, which witnesses say shook the ground.

“I thought I died when the blast threw my girlfriend and me off our feet. I had to carry my girlfriend to safety as she had injured her leg,” said Chua Chin Hong, 27, who suffered bruises after being showered in debris in the 3.30am incident.

Chua, from Sri Hartamas, and his 23-year-old girlfriend Tan Wern Fang had gone to have a meal at around midnight at one of the restaurants at the mall.

4 hurt, 40 shops damaged in blast at Subang Jaya mall (Update

4 hurt, 40 shops damaged in blast at Subang Jaya mall (Update). Posted on 28 September 2011 – 10:13am. Last updated on 28 September 2011 – 09:58pm

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Malaysian Insider

Police: No sabotage or terrorism link to Empire Gallery blast

UPDATED @ 07:26:16 PM 28-09-2011
By Clara Chooi
September 28, 2011

A bird’s-eye view of the damage at Empire Gallery Subang. — Picture by Choo Choy May

SUBANG JAYA, Sept 28 — The police have ruled out sabotage and terrorism as being behind this morning’s explosion that ripped through Empire Gallery here, confirming the blast was caused by a gas leak that could have been due to negligence.Deputy Selangor CPO Datuk A. Thaiveegan told reporters at the scene that the complex, which comprises a 12-storey office suites tower, five-storey shopping mall, a nine-storey SOHO (small office home office) and a 10-storey hotel, will be closed to the public indefinitely.

“Many have called to ask if the incident was caused by sabotage or terrorism. From our early investigations, no proof was found to indicate this.

“Meaning, there was no sabotage and no link to terrorism. We regard this as an accident, which could have been caused by negligence,” he said.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel, police, its forensics unit and the Energy Commission (EC), he said, will press on with investigations to discover what caused the leak.

“We know it was a gas leak … but what caused the blast? There must have been a spark,” he said.

He also confirmed that the police would be stationed at the mall throughout investigations to prevent any looting from the damaged mall outlets.

Main – MalaysiaPolice: No sabotage or terrorism link to Empire

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28 Sep 2011 – SUBANG JAYA, Sept 28 — The police have ruled out sabotage and terrorism as being behind this morning’s explosion that ripped through

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Malaysia Kini
Explosion in Subang Jaya, four hurt

Explosion in Subang Jaya, four hurt
Sep 28, 11 9:59am
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A powerful explosion in the Empire Gallery shopping complex in Subang Jaya early this morning ripped through at least three floors of the building, injuring four people.empire shopping gallery genericNo fatalities have been reported so far.

Those injured include two security guards. However, their injuries are said to be minor.

Hundreds of people, most of who were staying in a boutique hotel on the lower ground floor – where the explosion occurred – have been evacuated.

According to an initial report in English-language daily Star, the incident was due to a gas tank exploding in a coffee outlet at 3.45am.

Explosion in Subang Jaya, four hurtMalaysiakini

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28 Sep 2011 – A powerful explosion in the Empire Gallery shopping complex in Subang Jaya early this morning ripped through at least three floors of the

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Malaysia Kini

Engineering fault may be cause of explosion, says MB
Jimadie Shah Othman
Sep 28, 11
4:45pm
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Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said he has been informed that the Empire Gallery shopping complex explosion that rocked Subang Jaya early this morning may have been caused by “engineering problems”.

“I was informed that it was caused by an engineering fault and is not related to security,” Khalid told a press conference after chairing the state’s exco meeting in Shah Alam this afternoon.

NONEThe state government would continue to monitor developments in the incident that caused injuries to four people.

Khalid said that he would visit the scene of the incident later in the afternoon and speak with tenants at the shopping complex.

“We are monitoring (the situation), but there is nothing more that we can say now. The matter is being managed by the fire department, police and local authorities in Subang Jaya.”

The powerful explosion, which occurred around 3.45am, ripped through at least three floors of the Empire Gallery shopping complex.

Intial reports in the online version of English daily The Starsaid that it was caused by a gas tank at one of the outlets in the building.

Echoing Khalid today, deputy Selangor police chief A Thaiveegan said preliminary investigations have not come upon any signs of sabatoge or terrorism as being the cause of the explosion.

The police therefore are regarding it as an accident caused, perhaps, but negligence.

NONE

– Additional reporting by Ahmad Fadzly Esa

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Engineering fault may be cause of explosion, says MBMalaysiakini

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28 Sep 2011 – The Empire Gallery shopping complex explosion that rocked Subang Jaya early this morning may have been caused by “engineering

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Empire Subang is a high-rise building in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia which comprises soho office towers, a shopping mall and a hotel. It is located near Subang Parade and behind Wisma Consplant (Sime Darby Plantation Office). The building is categorized into four sections, namely Empire Soho, Empire Tower, Empire Hotel and Empire Shopping Gallery. Empire Shopping Gallery and Empire Hotel was opened in 2010.

It is usually known as a mini Pavilion KL for the locals because of its exclusivity and a wide variety of premier stores.

Empire Shopping Gallery is a premier shopping centre. It has about 180 over stores on 5 floors. It is a mall that is dedicated more on family and lifestyle concept. Tangs, Jaya Grocer, ESH, Toys “R” Us, Popular Bookstore, LEX and Fitness First serve as the junior anchor tenants in the mall. There are numerous variety of international dining restaurants such as alfresco dining, fine dining, modern contemporary and fusion Asian-Western food.

(from Wikipedia)

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The Star

Published: Wednesday September 28, 2011 MYT 8:19:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday September 28, 2011 MYT 10:56:44 AM

Four injured in shopping mall blast in Subang

By LOURDES CHARLES

SUBANG JAYA: Four people were injured while more than 300 people rescued and evacuated when an explosion occurred at the lower ground floor of the Empire Gallery shopping mall in Subang which houses the food court here early Wednesday.

Firemen assessing the damage from the explosion.

Firemen from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department also rescued four other people who were trapped at the lower ground floor of the complex.

The injured, including a Nepali security guard and a local, who sustained cuts caused by falling shattered glass, were sent to the hospital for treatment.

In the 3.45am gas-piping explosion, the blast damaged two other floors in the complex. It also caused damages to the adjoining office block and studio apartment.

Four injured in shopping mall blast in Subang Jaya

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28 Sep 2011 – Firemen from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department also rescued four other people who were trapped at the lower ground floor of the

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Free Malaysia Today

Four hurt as explosion rips through mall

September 28, 2011

A local and a Nepalese worker and two passers-by were injured.

KUALA LUMPUR: Four people were injured when a gas explosion ripped through a shopping mall in Selangor early today.

The blast at the Empire Mall caused extensive damage and prompted authorities to evacuate some 300 people from a hotel located in the same building, said Mohamad Khairi Daud, fire and rescue chief of Subang Jaya district.

The blast was believed have been a gas explosion, he was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper.

dpa

Four hurt as explosion rips through mall | Free Malaysia Today

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28 Sep 2011 – KUALA LUMPUR: Four people were injured when a gas explosion ripped through a shopping mall in Selangor early today. The blast at the

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