Singapore: 54-year-old woman dies in Jurong East fire

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is investigating the unnatural death and the cause of the fire.

Firefighters fought the blaze with eight water jets.
Representational picture: Firefighters fighting the blaze with water jets. SCDF

A 54-year-old woman has died in a fire break out in a building opposite IMM shopping centre in Jurong East on Thursday morning. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said almost 50 people were evacuated from the building on 30 Toh Guan Road.

Reports said the victim, who was a tenant of the building, was unconscious when she was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Later, she was pronounced dead there. SCDF is investigating the unnatural death and the cause of the fire. According to building owner Cambridge Industrial Trust's website, the eight-storey building comprises offices and an adjoining two-storey warehouse.

SCDF said that it was alerted about the fire at around 7.38 am and two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, two fire bikes, five support vehicles and two ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The firefighters took 40 minutes to mitigate the fire with three water jets. The fire involved the contents of a warehouse, and was confined to the external facade of the building.

The Straits Times quoted a Singapore Police Force staff as saying that their forensics department would be entering the building. No one else has been allowed to enter the premises.

This article was first published on May 4, 2017