Dead body found feared linked to shipyard blaze

One man burnt in a fire involving four vessels in a shipyard in Jurong on 26 March was sent to Singapore General Hospital. (Yahoo! file photo)

[UPDATED 10.00am 30 March: Channel NewsAsia has reported the discovery of a body from nearby waters, along with "suspected human remains" from one of the ships. A spokesperson from the Maritime and Port Authority told Yahoo! Singapore that search and rescue operations are still ongoing.]

Four men were injured and sent to hospital after four vessels caught fire at Tanoto Shipyard in Jurong Tuesday evening.

In a statement early Wednesday afternoon, the Singapore Civil Defence Force also said three persons have not been accounted for, and that maritime authorities are coordinating a seaward search and rescue operation for them.

Of the four men injured in the fire, three had burn injuries while one suffered cuts and a suspected finger fracture.

One of the men with burns was sent to the Singapore General Hospital while three other casualties who were in a passing vessel in the vicinity of the fire were ferried by a Police Coast Guard (craft) to the PCG Gul Base and then brought by SCDF ambulances to the National University Hospital, SCDF said.

According to Channel NewsAsia, one man was in critical condition with 38 per cent of his body burnt.

It also said that of the four vessels that caught fire, one was fully engulfed with flames and sank.

The fire was extinguished by the SCDF at 4:30am Wednesday, hours after the civil defence forces were alerted to the incident at 9:19pm Tuesday.

SCDF said it sent four fire engines, two red rhinos, six supporting vehicles, two ambulances and two marine fire vessels to the site of the incident at No. 1 Jalan Samulun.

Investigations into the fire are ongoing, it added.

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