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Two workers successfully rescued at Punggol construction site fire

Two workers successfully rescued at Punggol construction site fire
Smoke rises from a construction site that caught fire in Punggol, May 16, 2017. Photo: Jason Quah/TODAY
Published: 5:44 PM, May 16, 2017
Updated: 1:53 AM, May 17, 2017

SINGAPORE — Workers stuck on a gondola at a construction site for a school in Punggol have been rescued after a fire broke out on Tuesday (May 16) afternoon.

In a Facebook post around 7.30pm, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said their personnel had brought the fire at 17 Punggol Field Walk, the construction site for Global International Indian School (GIIS), under control.  According to the SCDF, the fire engulfed an area of approximately 30 metres by 50 metres.

The SCDF also said rescue operations were successfully carried out to extricate two workers who were stuck on a gondola. Both men were conveyed to Changi General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

A spokesperson from the Singapore Police Force said that the two men are Chinese nationals, Xing Rui Jie and Ma Guo Zhong, and added that there were no other casaulties. 

An eye witness said the fire broke out at about 4.35pm. 

Taxi driver Poh Boon Seet, 41, was at IKEA Tampines at 4.30pm and said the sky was still clear then. But five minutes later, a black column of smoke could be seen in the sky. "It was twice the height of the site," he said.


(Above: Smoke rises into the air after a fire broke out at a construction site in Punggol, May 16, 2017. Photo: Jason Quah/TODAY)

The police advised motorists to avoid the area or take alternate routes as the left and centre lanes along Punggol East Road (towards Tebing Lane) closed. 


(Above: The blackened exterior of a building is seen as a fireman continues to hose it down after a fire broke out at the site in Punggol, May 16, 2017. Photo: Jason Quah/TODAY)

A GIIS spokesperson told TODAY that they are currently looking into the cause of the fire with the relevant authorities.