Saturday, August 17, 2013

Car catches fire in JEM shopping mall carpark - Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at JEM shopping mall in Jurong East on Saturday afternoon -- the second in less than a week. No one was injured.

During the fire, shoppers and workers were evacuated to safety.

Some of them said they became worried after they noticed smoke at the basement. They added that the fire alarm went off and they were told to make their way out of the building.

SCDF said the fire involved an engine compartment of a car at the basement two carpark. It said it received a call about the fire at about 2.20pm.

When SCDF personnel arrived, the fire had already been put out by the mall's sprinkler system. Security guards also helped by using fire extinguishers.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Some shoppers said they had to wait for nearly an hour before they were allowed to get to their cars.

One of those affected, Abel Li, said: "When we went back into the carpark to retrieve our cars and leave, we saw that there were two cars that were burnt. One of them was charred, such that the bonnet was burnt at the front and sunken into the ground. The firemen were still spraying water to the cars to douse any heat further.

"Our car was just parked barely 10 lots away. Security advised us that we could retrieve the cars but they were also looking for the two car owners and they were asking for our car registration numbers as well."

JEM has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

Earlier this week on Wednesday, three people were injured in another fire at the mall. It broke out at the FairPrice supermarket after a deep fryer at a food counter caught fire.
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