Further update from SCDF:
“The oil tank fire at 23 Tembusu Road was extinguished at 7.45pm.
It has been a prolonged 5-hour operation involving approximately 150 SCDF personnel battling the raging inferno.
SCDF surrounded and contained the fire with a large 6000 GPM foam monitor and several ground monitors. This operation was a race against time in view of the tank that has buckled and on the need to prevent the intense fire from spreading to its immediate surroundings.”
Update from SCDF:
“SCDF is conducting a firefighting operation at 23 Tembusu Road. The fire involved a tank containing light crude oil measuring about 40m in diameter and 20m in height. Upon SCDF’s arrival, the fire was raging and the in-house company emergency response team (CERT) was already fighting the fire with ground water monitors.
The intensity of the fire caused the affected tank to fold and buckle. The affected tank is contained within a bund wall measuring 100 metres by 150 metres.
SCDF has deployed its large 6000 GPM (gallons per minute) foam monitor to mitigate the fire while utilising several ground water monitors and fixed drencher systems to cool down two near-by oil tanks.
The firefighting operation is still in progress and is expected to be a prolonged operation.”
Witnesses say that the intensity of the heat from the fire can be felt 4km away.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force has said on their Facebook page that they are combating the fire in Jurong Island.
Witnesses say that the SCDF commissioner is on the ground due to the scale of the fire.
Twitter users have shared that the fire is so massive that it can be seen from the mainland.
The jurong island fire from the office pic.twitter.com/3f7aSQ6Tsn
— selva (@mystikalsel) April 20, 2016