Explosion at Jurong gas firm, 9 months after another blast there killed a woman

No one was injured in the 2nd blast at Leeden National Oxygen in nine months.
No one was injured in the 2nd blast at Leeden National Oxygen in nine months.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - A blast occurred on Friday morning (Aug 5) at Leeden National Oxygen, a gas manufacturing firm, in Jurong.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the incident on the company’s Shipyard Road premises at about 7.40am.

No one was injured.

The SCDF sent a fire engine, three Red Rhinos, an unmanned fire-fighting machine and three support vehicles.

A fire following the blast was extinguished by the company’s in-house Company Emergency Response Team before the SCDF team arrived.

 
 
 

Ten of the company’s workers also evacuated safely.

Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the explosion was captured by the in-vehicle camera of a car in the area.

The footage showed flames and black smoke billowing from the building.

Wanbao also reported that a motorcyclist on the road nearby abandoned his motorcycle and ran away.

This is not the first time an explosion has occurred at the company.

On Oct 12 last year, a laboratory fire broke out at 21, Tanjong Kling Road, the firm’s other premises in the same area.

That fire killed chemist Lim Siaw Chian, 30, who had an infant daughter.

Seven others were injured in that fire.

When TNP contacted Leeden National Oxygen on Friday, the firm declined to comment on the incident.