SCDF expects to battle blaze near Choa Chu Kang through the night

SCDF personnel fighting the fire at Lorong Semangka (PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook)

[UPDATE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force posted an update on its Facebook page to share that it anticipates firefighting operations to last through the night.]

SINGAPORE — A huge fire near Choa Chu Kang, which started at 1.30am on Friday (14 February), is still burning and the Singapore Civil Defence Force expects firefighting operations to last through the night.

In an update on its Facebook page, it shared that “a total of 9 emergency vehicles and about 70 firefighters have since been deployed.”

“Firefighting operations is still ongoing due to the slow burning of the deep-seated piles. Firefighters had surrounded the fire with seven water jets as well as created fire breaks, physical gaps between materials that could burn, to contain the fire from spreading.”

It added that firefighters persevered to mitigate the fire under the day’s scorching heat. They had to “manually lay hoses across considerable distances to tap water supply from four hydrants and a river so as to maintain a constant water supply for the firefighting operations”. Portable pumps had to be set up at intermediate points to boost water pressure for effective firefighting.

The blaze at No. 131 Lorong Semangka involved piles of horticultural wastes. It is approximately the size of a football field and about four storeys high.

A total of 9 emergency vehicles and about 70 firefighters have since been deployed.


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