Foreign workers' valuables lost in Geylang fire

Foreign workers' valuables lost in Geylang fire
A semi-detached house for foreign workers in Geylang Lorong 8 caught fire on 29 October 2014 before the workers could move their belongings.

The foreign workers had been told to move out of the shophouse.

But before they could move their belongings, a fire engulfed the unoccupied building in Geylang Lorong 8 on Wednesday, destroying most of what they had, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

It left one worker, who declined to be named, with nothing, not even his clothes. No one was hurt, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman.

He added they received a call for assistance at about 6.35pm and dispatched three fire engines, an ambulance, two Red Rhinos and a supporting vehicle.

Before the firefighters arrived, four members of the public attempted to extinguish the raging fire using a hose from a nearby store.

SCDF officers arrived at 6.40pm and put out the fire in 15 minutes, using two water jets.

The worker told Lianhe Wanbao that they had received a notice to move out of the shophouse last month.

This article was first published on October 31, 2014.
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