Jurong East building that caught fire remains closed, workers allowed to retrieve belongings

The fire was confined to the facade of the building at 30 Toh Guan Road, located opposite the IMM mall in Jurong East.
The fire was confined to the facade of the building at 30 Toh Guan Road, located opposite the IMM mall in Jurong East.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Employees from the firms housed in the building at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.
Employees from the firms housed in the building at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.ST PHOTO: NG WEI KAI
Workmen at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.
Workmen at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.ST PHOTO: NG WEI KAI
Workmen at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.
Workmen at 30 Toh Guan Road, the day after a fire broke out on May 4, 2017.ST PHOTO: NG WEI KAI

SINGAPORE - A day after a fire at 30 Toh Guan Road that claimed one life, clean-up and investigation efforts are ongoing.

When The Straits Times went to the scene at 10.30am on Friday (May 5) morning, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force personnel were at the site.

A team of workmen was also cleaning up the remaining debris, while a large group of employees from the firms housed in the building was seen inside the compound.

The Straits Times understands that the employees will be allowed to retrieve their personal belongings from the building on Friday, but nothing more.

Shutters Productions, a studio located in 30 Toh Guan Road, posted an e-mail update from the building's integrated facilities management on its Facebook page on Thursday.

In the e-mail, senior executive Gary Chua said the earliest date that the building could reopen is next Monday, subject to further confirmation. Additionally, on a case-by-case basis, representatives could be allowed to retrieve "important documents" from their offices.

Mr Shane Hagan, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Cambridge Industrial Trust Management (CITM), which manages the building, said CITM and its appointed contractors have been allowed to access the building and commence recovery works at the affected area.

He added: "The team on site is working closely with tenants and will allow access to the property once it is cleared by the authorities. We are confident that normal operations will resume soon."

A spokesman for the Building and Construction Authority on Friday told ST that the affected area, including the area below the damaged cladding and a section of the 1st storey where a furniture shop is located, has been cordoned and closed.

This is until a detailed investigation by the owner’s appointed Professional Engineer and the recommended rectification works are completed.

"The other parts of the building will still remain accessible through other entrances at the first storey," said the BCA spokesman.