300 residents evacuated as fire razes coffeeshop and wet market at Jurong West

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A fire which involved a coffee shop and wet market at Block 493 Jurong West St 41 was extinguished by the firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) earlier today. SCDF said that they were alerted to the raging fire at about 2:45am and dispatched 3 Fire Engines, 4 Red Rhinos, 7 support vehicles and 4 ambulances.

They noticed that the wet market and coffee shop of Blk 493 were completely engulfed in flames upon arrival.  SCDF reported that at the height of the fire, the roof of the wet market collapsed and the exterior side wall of a coffee shop at Blk 494, which was directly facing the raging blaze, sustained fire damage.

The firefighters battled the fire for one-and-a-half hours before finally extinguishing it.
About 300 residents from the surrounding blocks were evacuated by police and SCDF officers.

Residents were progressively allowed to return to their homes only after the damping down operations.

SCDF said that one elderly resident, a woman in her 60s, experienced difficulty in breathing while evacuating and was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. There were no other reported injuries. SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire.