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Piles of waste wood cause major fire in Singapore

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A waste wood fire covering the size of a football pitch with flames soaring nearly four storeys high broke out on 14 February in Singapore.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) assisted firefighters on the scene in Choa Chu Kang in western Singapore. The fire started on an open plot of land and is believed to have been caused by waste wood left in the area by a local company that has not yet been named. According to the SCDF, dry vegetation and windy conditions hampered efforts to control the fire.

According to a report by Straits Times, a total of nine emergency vehicles and 70 firefighters were deployed to the site. Operations went on into the night due to the slow burning of the wood. In a statement on the SCDF’s Facebook page at 4am on 14 February, the organisation said: “Firefighting operations are still ongoing due to the slow burning of the deep-seated piles.

“Firefighters had surrounded the fire with seven water jets as well as created fire breaks – physical gaps between materials that could burn, to contain the fire from spreading.”