Fire breaks out at Tuas plant
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 10:40
It took Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) four hours to put out a huge fire that broke out at a waste management plant this morning. Periodic explosions were heard as firefighters battled the blaze with foam, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post. SCDF is now at work with three water monitors and 2 Unmanned Firefighting Machines.
SCDF officers are now damping down the site to prevent potential rekindling of fire from the hot, burnt surfaces.
"We have a special store for hazardous waste because we are aware it's flammable".
StarHub mobile subscribers within the immediate vicinity of the fire incident would have received an advisory message urging members of public to stay away from the area, SCDF added.
SBS Transit also said in a tweet at 8:23AM that its bus services 182 and 182M "will skip bus stops along Tuas South Ave 3, Ave 8 & Ave 9 due to building on fire".
However, he added that the smoke was so thick he could hardly see the firefighting vehicles.
It is fully licensed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) as a Toxic Industrial Waste Collector, a General Waste Collector and an Asbestos Removal Contractor, among other qualifications.
After an initial assessment, about half the plant had been damaged, chief executive Rick Reidinger told media.
"Obviously something went wrong, but we can't pinpoint the root cause, or whether it was a human error or equipment malfunction until the authorities complete investigations", said Mr Reidinger, who joined the company in 2010.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to a fire at 23 Tuas View Circuit this morning.