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CONSTRUCTION WASTE CAUGHT FIRE AT JALAN SAMULUN, 40 FIREFIGHTERS ACTIVATED

A fire broke out at Jalan Samulun earlier today (25 January) at about 12.25am, involving a large pile of construction waste.

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About 40 SCDF firefighters were activated to combat the fire using 4 water jets and an Unmanned Firefighting Machine (UFM).

The SCDF subsequently released a statement on their Facebook detailing the firefighting operation.

Here is the statement:

[Fire @ No. 20 Jalan Samulun]

At about 12.25am this morning (25 Jan), SCDF responded to a fire at the above-mentioned location.

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Upon arrival, firefighters from Tuas Fire Station immediately deployed resources to surround and contain the fire which involved a large pile of construction waste measuring about 20 metres by 20 metres and 6 metres in height.

Firefighters had to don breathing apparatus sets to navigate through the smoke-logged environment to conduct the firefighting operation. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.

A total of 40 firefighters were deployed and at the height of the operation, four water jets and an Unmanned Firefighting Machine (UFM) were used to contain the fire. Foam was also used to cover the surface of the waste, a more effective firefighting strategy for fires which are deep-seated. The fire was extinguished at about 3am.

Damping down operations* are ongoing.

Three workers self-evacuated before SCDF’s arrival. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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*Damping down refers to the application of water to wet burnt surfaces immediately after the fire is put out. This is to prevent any potential rekindle of fire from the hot burnt surfaces.

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