A fire broke out this morning at 21 Tanjong Kling Road, which houses the welding, gas and safety company, Leeden National Oxygen.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was activated at 9.30am.
This video shows SCDF rushing to the scene with an explosion happening soon after:
According to the SCDF, there was a fire and a few explosions were heard in the premises. The in-house Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) immediately located the fire, conducted evacuation and began firefighting operations prior to the SCDF’s arrival.
By the time the SCDF arrived, the fire had engulfed a laboratory measuring about 7m by 5m, in close proximity to a production and storage area.
The SCDF immediately deployed four water jets to contain the fire within the laboratory and prevented it from spreading to the nearby flammable cylinders in the storage area. Concurrently, the SCDF personnel equipped with breathing apparatus conducted search operations within the premises.
Seven casualties were conveyed by the SCDF ambulances to hospitals. There was one fatality from the accident, a new mother who had recently received Singapore citizenship.
SCDF is investigating the cause of fire.
Below are photos of the laboratory within the premises in the aftermath of the fire.