Chemist who died in Jurong fire a 'bubbly, lovely girl' who lost her mum at a young age

Ms Lim Siaw Chian, 30, died in a fire that broke out at gas manufacturing firm Leeden national Oxygen on Oct 12, 2015. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
What the laboratory looked like after the fire and explosions at Leeden National Oxygen, a local gas manufacturing company in Tanjong Kling Road. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

SINGAPORE - The woman who died in the Jurong fire on Monday (Oct 12) had grown up without a mother.

Now, her infant daughter will grow up without her mother, too.

Chemist Lim Siaw Chian, 30, died in a fire that broke out at Leeden National Oxygen, a gas manufacturing firm. Of the seven others who were injured, three remain hospitalised, the Manpower Ministry said in an update. The remaining four were discharged on Tuesday.

The ministry also said investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing. It has also issued a stop-work order for the production and bottling of hydrocarbons, and the buying and selling of bottled gases stored in the area adjacent to the lab where the fire broke out.

Ms Lim, a Malaysian who became a Singapore citizen only a month ago, had returned to work after her maternity leave one week before the fire.

She was married for about two years, said her family members, who were at the mortuary next to the Singapore General Hospital on Tuesday morning. She leaves behind her husband and six-month-old daughter.

Ms Lim had lost her own mother to kidney failure 22 years ago. Her mother was also 30 years old when she died, her family said.

Her granduncle, Mr Gay Thiam Huat, who lives in Singapore, told reporters in Mandarin that he remembered her as a "bubbly, lovely girl" who often visited his home when she first came to Singapore with her mother at a young age.

The last time he and the rest of the family saw her was about two years ago, at her wedding.

Said Mr Gay, 64, a lorry driver: "She was not sure if she wanted the Singapore citizenship initially... She thought the cost of living here was quite high.

He added that she could have changed her mind as Singapore holds a special meaning to her. She had studied and worked in Singapore since a young age.

"She met her husband, who is also from Malaysia, in university here," Mr Gay said.

Ms Lim's husband, who is now a Singapore citizen, was also at the mortuary on Tuesday morning, along with his parents. He was distraught and did not speak to the media.

Ms Lim, who lived with her husband in Jurong West, had been working at Leeden National Oxygen for more than a year. Previously, she did food testing at another company.

Her remains will be sent back to her hometown of Senai in Johor on Tuesday evening, said Mr Gay. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday.

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