Update: The fire has been put out, according to a Singapore Civil Defence Force social media post at about 10.40am.
Firefighters fought another massive early morning fire on Thursday (22 March), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) announced on social media.
SCDF said it was alerted at 2.16am to a fire at 11 Kranji Crescent. The blaze, which involved piles of waste material, was contained within a warehouse. Some 70 firefighters were deployed to the scene to battle the blaze, which also required a total of 22 firefighting appliances and support vehicles.
Three unmanned firefighting machines were deployed together with five water jets to “surround and suppress” the blaze, as such fires involving piles of waste materials are often deep-seated, SCDF added in another Facebook post. This made it difficult to extinguish the fire quickly, it said.
Another challenge was created by the zinc roof contributing to the smoky conditions, which hampered visibility. There was also the risk of the roof collapsing.
The Kranji fire came a couple of days after another huge fire broke out at an oil storage tank on Pulau Busing. That fire took six hours to extinguish, with 128 personnel deployed to the scene.