Not in mint condition

SINGAPORE - Employees of The Singapore Mint had to be evacuated after a fire broke out at its building at Teban Gardens Crescent on Tuesday at 11am.

The Singapore Mint has been producing Singapore currency since 1968.

When The New Paper, which was tipped off by a reader, arrived at the scene at 1.40pm, employees were still waiting outside the building for the all-clear signal from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

A lorry driver, who declined to be named, said he was told to move containers out of the premises when the fire started. He estimated more than a hundred employees were evacuated.

"I saw a lot of black smoke coming out of the warehouse," he said.

Another employee said it was a chemical fire.

An SCDF spokesman said nine vehicles, including two fire engines and three support vehicles, were activated and the fire was put out with four water jets. No one was injured.

The Singapore Mint could not be reached for comment.

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