At about 5.10pm on the evening of 21 June, SCDF responded to a fire at No. 43 Jalan Buroh. Upon arrival, the fire engulfed a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) facility about two football fields in size.
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The fire, which involved hundreds of highly flammable LPG cylinders of various sizes, spread rapidly. SCDF immediately deployed its resources around the affected 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.
Despite the challenges involved, firefighters persevered and fought the blaze into the night.
A total of 35 emergency vehicles and about 120 firefighters were deployed. At the height of the firefighting operations, 7 water jets, including an Unmanned Firefighting Machine, were used to mitigate the fire. The fire was under control at 7.30pm.
SCDF conveyed two casualties to Singapore General Hospital. A body was found and pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
When Channelnews Asia arrived at the scene at 6 pm, 2 men were noticed to be seated down by the side of the road with injuries.
One had bandages on his arm and knee, while the other had bandages on his arm, back and the side of his head, and was later helped into a wheelchair by SCDF personnel.
SGSecure mobile app users around the vicinity of the fire received notifications, urging them to stay away from the affected area.
Videos of the fire have been circulating online, showing flames and thick smoke clouds rising from the area. Residents who lived nearby reported hearing multiple explosions.
Some eyewitnesses mentioned that smoke from the fire could be seen from areas such as Clementi, Cantonment Road and even as far away as Bishan.
Another eyewitness by the name of Carol Lee stated that she could feel the heat of the fire while she was picking her husband up after work, which was about 200m away from the fire.
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