Car catches fire in Jem carpark, shoppers evacuated

SINGAPORE - It's a hot shopping mall, and we're not talking about whether it's popular or not.

For the second time in four days, another fire broke out at the Jem mall in Jurong East. On Wednesday, three FairPrice employees were hurt in a fire that started from a deep fryer.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands of shoppers were evacuated after a car caught fire in its basement carpark.

Nurse Liana Bambung, 33, was shopping at Fair- Price Xtra when there was a commotion and she heard someone shout: "Fire, fire! Run, run."

The first thought to cross her mind was: "Oh no, not again."

When The New Paper on Sunday reached the mall, shoppers were streaming back in after the fire had been put out.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said they received a call at 2.25pm about the fire at the Basement 2 carpark.

The engine of a Nissan Sunny saloon had caught fire. It was put out by the sprinkler system and three fire extinguishers used by Jem's security guards before the SCDF arrived.

No one was injured and the car owner declined to be interviewed.

But some shoppers were still unhappy.

Mr Arthur Ng, a 45-year-old logistics executive, said: "I hope there won't be another fire incident in this mall."

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