Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has 50 firefighters battling a blaze at Sungei Tengah since the early hours of Friday (Feb 14)
The fire involved piles of horticultural waste “approximately the size of one football field and about four storeys high”. These deep-seated fires take up time and staff.
SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at 131 Lorong Semangka at about 1.30 am, the cause has not been established yet, spontaneous combustion is one of the causes being investigated.
“The firefighting operation is still ongoing due to the slow-burning of the deep-seated piles, coupled with the abundance of dry vegetation and windy condition,” said SCDF.
Six emergency vehicles have been deployed and five water jets are being used to bring the fire under control. Infra-red cameras are being used to find hot spots.
SCDF is also using excavators to create fire breaks, which are physical gaps between materials that could burn. This helps to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.
The firefighting operation is expected to be prolonged, said SCDF.