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Shop tenants help to suppress fire at Rochor Centre before SCDF arrives

March 14
11:10 2014

A fire broke out at a ground floor shop unit in Rochor Centre at around yesterday (Thursday)

Mr Soe sent in the photos which he took at the scene and shared that the fire originated from the shop near the DBS branch at the shopping centre. Photos identified the shop as an electrical shop, Eng Bee Electrical Co.

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He said, “Some volunteers from neighbouring shops tried to use the firehoses nearby to contain the fire before the civil defense arrived. Burning smell was detected from the closed shop at around 1.40pm.  Smoke was noticed about 10- 15 minutes later.”

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident at 2.03pm. Together with the police who arrived with the SCDF, all the shop tenants and the shoppers were evacuated.  SCDF said that the blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes, and there were no reported injuries from the incident.

The cause of fire is still under investigation.

  • Andrew Leung

    The Home Affairs Minister must get all the Shopping Centres and Shopkeepers to conduct Fire drills and be tested on their Fire Safety equipment and inspection. HDB must design and install smoke detectors, fire sprinklers in future homes and have automatic fire alarms.

  • Andrew Leung

    The Home Affairs Minister must set up a National Forest Fire Fighting Agency and sign International Agreements with Malaysia and Indonesia to tackle Forest Fire and Haze. Please ask the 2 Indonesian Presidential candidates for their comments and support on the Trans-boundary Haze Problem.