Two injured in Far East Plaza fire, shop closed

Workers clearing damaged items at Sports Life. The fire last Saturday originated in a storeroom of the sports equipment store.
Workers clearing damaged items at Sports Life. The fire last Saturday originated in a storeroom of the sports equipment store.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A sports equipment store at Far East Plaza closed for cleaning-up operations yesterday after a fire there last Saturday night left two people injured.

The blaze originated in a storeroom at Sports Life on the second floor of the mall.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, and a manager at the store added that it will remain closed today.

About 250 people were evacuated by security personnel last Saturday.

The SCDF was alerted to the fire at around 7.45pm. It said a woman in her 20s, believed to be an employee of the shop, suffered burns on her palms.

A man in his 50s, believed to be a shopper, was taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation and a sprained ankle.

Far East Plaza centre manager Kenneth Lim said: "This has never happened before in the history of the mall."

Shoppers were not too concerned about the incident at the mall, which was open for business as usual.

Mrs Suzie Renton, head of a consultancy who was at the mall yesterday, said: "Everything is back to normal, it's okay as long as the fire has been put out."

Amelia Teng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2015, with the headline 'Two injured in Far East Plaza fire, shop closed'. Print Edition | Subscribe