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Updated: 04/30/2013 13:49 | By Channel NewsAsia

Fire destroys three warehouses in Jurong West industrial estate

Fire destroys three warehouses in Jurong West industrial estate


Fire destroys three warehouses in Jurong West industrial estate

SINGAPORE: Firemen took about two hours on Tuesday to contain a blaze which broke out in the Jurong West industrial area.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries from fighting the blaze at Link Road.

The fire also destroyed three warehouses.

Dramatic footage from eyewitnesses showed the air blackened with smoke as fire gutted the warehouses.

Three units along a stretch of the Jurong Industrial estate went up in flames as the blaze started at about 10.45am.

At the fire's height, 13 water jets were used to douse the flames.

LTC Ling Young Ern, Commander of Third Division, Singapore Civil Defence Force, said: "When we arrived, we saw a raging fire engulfing three factory units. The fire was also threatening to spread due to the very strong wind conditions, so at the time, our main priority was to contain the fire from all four sides. And when we have done that, we penetrated to put out the fire within the factory units."

It is understood that furniture, like wooden cabinets and mattresses, plus metal products, were stored in the destroyed warehouses.

Mr Lim Seng Chye, who operates a business exporting household appliances along Link Road, is counting his losses.

He said he lost a few hundred thousand dollars in the blaze which destroyed his warehouse.

Mr Lim believes the fire originated from an adjacent unit, and is counting on insurance coverage to recoup some of his losses.

The fire is being investigated. - CNA/ck/de

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