Updated: 03/08/2014 02:08

Fire at coffeeshop in Marine Terrace

Photo: TODAY

Photo: TODAY

A fire swept through a coffeeshop at Blk 59 Marine Terrace this morning, gutting it and causing residents in the flats above to be temporarily evacuated. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call about the fire at about 9am. 

No casualties or injuries were reported. 

According to a TODAY newspaper report, a resident, who claimed to have worked as a fire warden at his previous place of employment, said that the coffeeshop did not have a fire extinguisher. 

A stall worker said the fire had started at the fish noodle stall when someone had been frying fish. 

He said the fire spread through the whole coffeshop within minutes. 

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is also Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade GRC, arrived at the site after the fire had been extinguished. 

He inspected the damage and spoke to some residents. 

Speaking to the media at the site, Mr Goh said that while it was a good thing no lives were lost, the concern now was for the stall holders. 

Although the property damage might be covered by insurance, Mr Goh said, the stall holders' loss of earnings might not be. 

Mr Goh added a reminder not to speculate on the causes of the fire, saying that a full investigation needed to be carried out by the fire department.

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