By Stuart Radnedge2015-10-12T10:50:00+01:00
At least one person has died, with seven more currently reported as injured, following a large factory blaze at Tanjong Kling Road, on Jurong Island, in Singapore.
Details surrounding what caused the fire are unclear, but a rescue operation is currently underway.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement that it was alerted to the incident this morning - stating the fire occured in a laboratory.
Prior to their arrival, a few explosions were heard in the premises at 21 Tanjong Kling Road, believed to belong to a local gas manufacturing company.
“The in-house Company Emergency Response Team immediately located the fire, conducted evacuation and firefighting operations,” the SCDF said.
By the time the SCDF arrived, the fire had engulfed a 7m by 5m laboratory that was near a production and storage area.
Four water jets were deployed to contain the fire within the laboratory. This prevented it from spreading to the nearby flammable cylinders storage area, the SCDF said.
Sadly one person was pronounced dead at the scene, with seven other injured people transported to local hospitals.
Videos have been posted online, from those either working near the scene, showing thick smoke covering the area.
An investigation is now underway into the cause of the incident.
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