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.