Fire at hospital where Jong-un's brother was examined

Kim Jong-nam.
Kim Jong-nam. Photo credit: File

A fire that broke out in the forensics department of Malaysia's largest public hospital has forced the evacuation of patients, staff and visitors.

The forensics institute at Hospital Kuala Lumpur came under the global spotlight last year when it conducted the post mortem on the body of Kim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Hospital authorities said firefighters had put out the blaze and no casualties had been reported.

Images and videos posted on Twitter and Facebook showed hospital staff evacuating dozens of patients on stretchers and in wheelchairs.

The fire at HKL is believed to have started at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, the top forensics agency in the country, Nor said.

The forensics institute has handled several high profile cases in Malaysia, including the post mortem on the body of Kim Jong-nam.

Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, have been charged with murdering Kim by smearing his face with VX, a banned chemical poison, at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 last year.

Any connection between the fire and this case was considered unlikely.