Fire breaks out in oil refinery on Jurong Island; no casualties reported

Smoke seen billowing from Jurong Island.
Smoke seen billowing from Jurong Island.PHOTO: BEN TEO
SCDF firefighters at work putting out the fire, which occurred within a crude distillation unit.
SCDF firefighters at work putting out the fire, which occurred within a crude distillation unit. PHOTO: SCDF
Smoke seen billowing from Jurong Island.
Smoke seen billowing from Jurong Island. PHOTO: @LANAGAINN/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out in an oil refinery on Jurong Island on Tuesday (June 13) morning, although no one was hurt in the incident. 

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. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) first said it received reports of a fire on the premises of Merlimau Road at 9.50am and dispatched resources to the scene. 

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In a subsequent update, SCDF said the fire alarm was sounded and SRC's in-house emergency response team was immediately activated. Water monitors and several large capacity fire extinguishers were deployed to mitigate the blaze. 

The fire was put out at 11.10am by SCDF and the response team using ground monitors and several handheld jets. 

Foaming operations were also carried out, SCDF added. No casualties were reported. 

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