Andaman Langkawi closed after 2 consecutive fires

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Jan 2021:

The financial impact of a fire that broke out at The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort in Langkawi, has yet to be fully ascertained, said Landmarks Bhd.

The resort is owned by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Andaman Resort Sdn Bhd.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, Landmarks said that all guests and staff had been evacuated safely.

“The Andaman’s operation will cease for the time being for safety reasons and ascertainment for reinstatement of the fire damage. Any property and financial losses arising from this incident are covered by insurance policies taken up by the company.”

The board of directors has formed a committee to evaluate a rebuilding and repositioning plan for The Andaman, which will include designer Jean-Michel Gathy to advise the company on the repositioning of The Andaman and its rebuilding plan.

A building in the five-star resort along Jalan Teluk Datai was destroyed after catching fire twice within 10 hours.

A spokesman of the Kedah Fire and Rescue Department said fire first broke out at about 4.04pm yesterday before it happened again after midnight at the same place, located about 40km from Kuah town.

He said firemen from the Langkawi and Persiaran Putra stations were sent to put out the fires.

“At about 4.04pm yesterday, firemen from the two stations were dispatched in response to an emergency call, and they managed to put out the blaze at about 10pm.

“However, at about 1.13am, we received another call and rushed to the same location to fight the blaze,” he said in a statement today.

He said the fire was fanned by strong winds and spread rapidly to engulf almost the entire block of the building.

He said the firefighters had to employ the fire-break method at the south and north wings of the building by shooting torrents of water stretching some 100 feet from a water tender.

– Bernama