A fire broke out at CK Building at Tampines St 92. In a post in their Facebook, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that the fire was raging on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building. It also said that occupants of the building were evacuated.
Six water jets on the exterior of the building were deployed by SCDF. Five fire engines, two red rhinos and two fire bikes have also been deployed to fight the fire. 12 other support vehicles and 2 ambulances are also at sight to provide assistances.
SCDF said that the premises which caught fire contained highly flammable goods which generated heat too intense to be tackled from the inside.
Netizens have taken to Twitter and Facebook to say that thick black smoke and the smell of burning rubber can be seen and smelt in much of the eastern part of Singapore.
Update from SCDF:
“The firefighting operation to mitigate the raging fire at CK Building (habitable height of about 22 metres) is still ongoing.
In the midst of the firefighting operation, multiple small explosions were heard within the building, believed to be from household aerosol cans.
Firefighters are exercising due caution while attacking the fire with a total of 7 jets including mounted aerial monitors from four combined platform ladders.
As a precautionary measure, occupants from two immediate neighboring buildings, 37A and 41, Tampines St 92 have been evacuated by police.
One firefighter was conveyed to hospital for heat exhaustion.”
Further updates from SCDF:
Having kept the fire under control, SCDF is moving from external firefighting to focus its efforts into an interior attack to knock out the deep seated fire. Several teams of firefighters are now penetrating cautiously into the building.
Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus sets, navigate through pitch darkness to mitigate the deep-seated fire.