SINGAPORE — One person died and two workers were injured following a fire at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) bottling and distribution facility in Jurong on Friday (21 June) evening.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded at 5.10pm to the fire at No. 43 Jalan Buroh. The fire had engulfed the facility about two football fields in size when SCDF officers arrived.
“A (person) was found and pronounced dead at the scene by a SCDF paramedic,” SCDF said in a post on its Facebook page at 9.20pm.
SCDF conveyed two casualties to Singapore General Hospital.
Videos and photos uploaded onto social media show thick black smoke rising into the sky.
The fire, which involved hundreds of highly flammable LPG cylinders, spread rapidly. SCDF deployed its resources around the area to contain the fire.
“Firefighters faced intense heat amidst exploding LPG cylinders while preventing the fire from spreading to larger LPG storage tanks nearby,” SCDF said.
A total of 35 emergency vehicles and about 120 firefighters were deployed to the scene. At one point, seven water jets, including an Unmanned Firefighting Machine (UFM), were used to fight the fire, which was under control at 7.30pm.
SCDF earlier posted a statement on Twitter accompanied with a video recorded “at the fringe of the incident site” showing the use of the UFM, which is a remote controlled device used to operate in extreme heat and hazardous environments.
The facility houses Summit Gas Systems, a subsidiary of Union Energy Corporation (UEC). UEC distributes LPG cylinders to residential and commercial customers.