30-storey crane catches fire at Meyer Road construction site, no one injured

A fire broke out in the cabin of a 30-storey crane at Meyer Road at about 3pm on Wednesday.

No one was injured, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). When the SCDF arrived at the scene, smoke and fire could be seen at the cabin area of the tower crane. The fire burnt itself out before firefighters climbed about 30 storeys to the cabin at the top of the crane.

Mr David Lau, safety coordinator for the worksite at 97 Meyer Road, said he saw workers rushing out of the site at about 3pm. He looked up and saw clouds of black smoke coming from the crane's cabin. He called SCDF and evacuated about 150 workers from the worksite.

The cause of the fire was "most probably a short circuit in the cabin of the crane", said a spokesman for Hup Soon Construction, the main contractor. A 31-storey condominium, slated for completion in the third quarter of 2014, is being constructed on-site.

SCDF is still investigating the cause of the fire.

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