Workers trapped on rooftop
Seven people had to be rescued from a burning building in Sungei Kadut yesterday, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
It said it was alerted at about 5am to the fire which later engulfed a three-storey warehouse and showroom at 65, Sungei Kadut Loop.
At the height of the fire, a total of 19 SCDF firefighting equipment, including two Unmanned Firefighting Machines, and 80 firefighters were involved in the operation.
The seven people trapped in the premises were rescued by the SCDF emergency responders and were attended to by its paramedics at the scene. They did not suffer any injuries.
Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Chua PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, SCDF
Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Chua, Commander of 4th SCDF Division, told the media that four of the rescued people were on the parapet of the third storey while the other three were on the rooftop.
He said: "My men were able to find a safe passage to bring them down to safety."
By about 7am, SCDF firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the building using seven jets. LTC Chua said SCDF officers continued to put out small pockets of fire some three-and-a-half hours later.
There were no reported casualties. Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing, said the SCDF in a Facebook post at 1.19pm.
The Building and Construction Authority said in a media statement that in the interest of public safety, it has directed the building owner to close the building until further investigations and works are completed.
This is the second big fire this year in the Sungei Kadut area.
In July, a fire gutted a two-storey warehouse in Sungei Kadut Crescent. Sixty firefighters took three hours to put out the fire, with no reported injuries.