Woman dies after suffering burns in building fire opposite IMM

Woman dies after suffering burns in building fire opposite IMM
A screengrab of a video shows fire raging on several storeys of the building
PHOTO: YouTube

Update: The woman who suffered burns in the fire at Cambridge Industrial Trust building in Toh Guan Road has died. The 54-year-old victim, who was pronounced dead at Ng Teng Fong Hospital, was a tenant of the building.

SINGAPORE: A woman in her 50s who suffered burns was rescued while about 50 people had to be evacuated after a fierce fire broke out at a building opposite the IMM mall in Jurong East on Thursday morning (May 4).

Two fire engines plus support vehicles rushed to the scene after the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at Cambridge Industrial Trust building at 7.40am.

Motorists were alarmed when they saw plumes of smoke in the distance, thinking it was IMM which caught fire. A video taken from a passing car shows the fire raging on several storeys of the facade of the 8-level warehouse building.

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The fire, which involved contents in a warehouse and was burning the external facade of the building, was put out within 40 minutes, said the SCDF on their Facebook page. But firemen continued to spray water on scorched areas to prevent rekindling of flames.

Pictures on the page show firemen on a gondola lift spraying water on blackened surfaces of the building facade. Fallen debris could also be seen on the ground.

The injured woman was sent to the nearby Ng Teng Fong Hospital. SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire.

chenj@sph.com.sg

Video screengrab shows the fire raging vertically on several floors of the building facade.
Photo: SCDF Facebook

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