SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at a coffee shop at Blk 59 Marine Terrace on Friday morning but no injuries have been reported.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the fire involved six stalls and was put out with two water jets in 30 minutes.
In a statement, the SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at 9.02am and dispatched a fire bike, a fire engine and two Red Rhinos.
Police and the SCDF had evacuated 10 residents living above the coffee shop.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited the site on Friday.
He said some witnesses told him the response time by the SCDF was slow and he said this would be investigated.
Mr Goh said: "If indeed the response was slow then they've got to find ways to respond more quickly in the future. But at this stage, just get the facts right and then draw lessons from the facts."
Mr Goh also added it might take about two months before businesses can resume.
He elaborated: "The damage is fairly extensive but more importantly is the loss of the earnings for the stallholders. I think the coffee shop probably is insured and most stall holders will probably (have) insured the stalls and equipment.
“But loss of earnings, I'm not sure if they are insured. So that's the part we have to look into -- how we can help them if they need help and to find an alternative place (for them) to do some business for the time being." - CNA/xq/gn
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