Early morning blaze strikes Defu Lane industrial building; no one hurt

Firefighters took some four hours to put out an early morning blaze at a Defu Lane industrial building, on July 1, 2018.
Firefighters took some four hours to put out an early morning blaze at a Defu Lane industrial building, on July 1, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the fire involved general waste products in a storage area measuring roughly the size of a basketball court.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the fire involved general waste products in a storage area measuring roughly the size of a basketball court. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Firefighters took some four hours to put out an early morning blaze involving waste products at a Defu Lane industrial building on Sunday (July 1).

No one was hurt in the blaze that occurred at about 2.30am at 26 Defu Lane 6.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post at about 11am on Sunday that the fire involved general waste products in a storage area measuring roughly the size of a basketball court.

The Straits Times understands that the waste products include cardboard, and these were stored at the industrial premise to be sorted out later.

Firefighters immediately deployed water jets to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring premises, SCDF said.

They also used a combined platform ladder for aerial firefighting and an unmanned firefighting machine to penetrate the raging fire. Foam was also used in the firefighting operation.

The fire was extinguished about four hours later at around 6.50am.

A total of 45 SCDF officers and 13 firefighting and support vehicles were involved in the operation, and there were no reported injuries, SCDF said.

As of about 11am, damping down operations to prevent the fire from rekindling from the hot burnt surfaces were ongoing.

This involves the application of water to wet burnt surfaces immediately after the fire is put out.