Two suffer burns in fire at Jurong plant

One of the victims of a fire at a chemical plant in Jurong on Friday remains warded in the intensive care unit.

Singaporean Goh Kim Hua suffered third-degree burns, regarded as the most severe type of burns, in the fire at 21 Tanjong Penjuru.

According to Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, he underwent an operation at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) yesterday morning.

Two Malaysians were also sent to hospital - one for burn injuries and the other as a precautionary measure - after the fire at the building, which belongs to Singapore Highpolymer Chemical Products.

They are Mr Tan Ghim Boon and Mr Tham Yong Peng. One has been discharged, and the other is in a stable condition. The ages of the three men are not known.

A manager for Singapore Highpolymer Chemical Products only confirmed that the men are workers there, but declined to comment further, reported Shin Min.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for help at 8.53pm on Friday.

It sent three fire engines, three Red Rhinos, 10 supporting vehicles, two ambulances and one unmanned firefighting machine to the scene. About 50 firefighters were involved.

The fire was confined to the production area of the chemical plant, said SCDF, and took 90 minutes to put out.

Investigations are ongoing.

Lim Yi Han

This article was first published on March 8, 2015.
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