Jem shopping mall hit by power outage for several hours

Shops on several levels of the Jem shopping mall were hit  by a power outage on Sunday (Oct 15) evening.
Shops on several levels of the Jem shopping mall were hit by a power outage on Sunday (Oct 15) evening.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - Tenants and shoppers were left in the dark after a power outage hit shopping mall Jem on Sunday (Oct 15) evening.

A spokesman for the Jurong East mall told The Straits Times on Monday that the power outage occurred at about 6.10pm on Sunday, affecting shops on "several levels of the mall".

"The management team responded immediately and the mall's appointed licensed electrical worker was also on-site to assist in recovery," said the spokesman.

Power was partially restored to the affected parts of the mall by 8pm, and power supply to all affected shop units was fully restored at 10.53pm.

Shin Min Daily News said in a report on Monday that about 30 stores were affected, including restaurants, retail shops and the cinema.

Affected restaurants included Sushi Tei and Shaburi & Kintan Buffet.

Hairstylists at Pro Trim had to finish their haircuts in the dark, with the use of handphone lights and light from the corridor, Shin Min reported.


The outage affected customers in the middle of haircuts, too. 
PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

More than 700 cinemagoers had to exit the halls at Cathay Cineplexes, with the blackout cutting short 26 movie screenings, Shin Min said.


Some customers had their movie screenings cut short. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Jem had been plagued by fires and a ceiling falling in the months after its opening in 2013. There was a power outage there in 2014.

Last week, a small fire broke out in the carpark of the mall, but was put out quickly with no injuries.