Fire-damaged CK Building to be closed for reconstruction work: BCA

SCDF personnel still trying to put out the fire around 1am on Aug 18, 2016.
SCDF personnel still trying to put out the fire around 1am on Aug 18, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Firefighters using water jets to fight the raging flames from the outside of CK Building. The fire was brought under control after about five hours, but it had yet to be put out at press time. A column of smoke rising from CK Building in Tampines Str
A column of smoke rising from CK Building in Tampines Street 92, as seen from the 13th storey of Block 94B, Bedok North Avenue 4.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Firefighters covered by smoke while fighting fire at CK Building at Tampines Street 92 on Aug 17, 2016.
Firefighters covered by smoke while fighting fire at CK Building at Tampines Street 92 on Aug 17, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - CK Building, which was damaged by a fierce fire on Wednesday (Aug 17), has been ordered to close, said the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

Inspection by BCA engineers showed that the fire affected the structural integrity of the fourth to sixth storeys, and the steel roof of the six-storey building, BCA said.

"In the interest of public safety, BCA has directed the building owner to close the entire building," it said in a statement on Thursday.

The industrial building at Tampines Street 92 began at about 1.30pm on Wednesday. It burned for about hours, and was extinguished only at 6am on Thursday, but no one was injured.

 
 
 

It took 110 officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force to put the fire out.

CK Holdings, which owns the building, will have to carry out "retification works", said BCA.

A professional engineer engaged by CK Holdings concurred with BCA's assessment that the fourth to sixth storey structures are structurally damaged.

However, they are in a stable condition and there is no immediate danger of the damaged structure collapsing.

The professional engineer has recommended the reconstruction of these affected structures.

"In the meantime, propping works will be implemented until the commencement of the reconstruction works," said BCA.