Fire at Jurong Island oil refinery, no one hurt

A photo of the fire taken by Straits Times reader Ben Teo. The SCDF and the in-house emergency response team of SRC, which owns the refinery, put out the fire at 11.10am. Foaming operations were also carried out.
A photo of the fire taken by Straits Times reader Ben Teo. The SCDF and the in-house emergency response team of SRC, which owns the refinery, put out the fire at 11.10am. Foaming operations were also carried out.

A fire broke out in an oil refinery on Jurong Island yesterday morning.

The blaze occurred in one of the facility's three crude-distillation units, a spokesman for the Singapore Refining Company (SRC), which owns the refinery, told The Straits Times. No one was hurt.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received reports of a fire on the Merlimau Road premises at 9.50am and dispatched resources to the scene. SRC's in-house emergency response team had also been activated. Water monitors and several large-capacity fire extinguishers were deployed.

The fire was put out at 11.10am by SCDF and the response team.

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Foaming operations were also carried out, SCDF added.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed plumes of black smoke rising skywards next to refinery chimneys.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'Fire at Jurong Island oil refinery, no one hurt'. Print Edition | Subscribe