SINGAPORE: The owner of CK Building has been ordered to close the entire building in the interest of public safety, after Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel put out a massive fire there, said the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
In a statement released on Thursday evening (Aug 18), BCA said engineers gained access into the building at Tampines Street 92 after SCDF completed damping-down operations this morning. The fire had taken almost 16 hours to put out.
The engineers' findings showed that the fire had affected the structural integrity of the fourth to sixth storeys as well as the steel roof of the six-storey industrial building, said BCA.
In the interest of public safety, BCA said it directed the building owner to close the entire building. The building owner is required to engage a Professional Engineer (PE) to carry out a detailed investigation and recommend permanent rectification works.
BCA added that the PE engaged by the building owner has conducted his assessment and verified that the fourth to sixth storey structures are structurally damaged but in stable condition. The engineer also recommended the reconstruction of the affected structures. BCA added that in the meantime, there is no immediate danger of the damaged structure collapsing, but that propping work will be implemented until reconstruction commences.
The building is owned by CK Holdings, which sells household items and clothing at its department stores.
Wednesday's fire was the largest in an industrial estate in Singapore so far this year, according to SCDF. The incident resulted in a total of 110 firefighters taking part in the operation, as well as 27 emergency vehicles being deployed. It is the largest number of SCDF resources and officers deployed this year, it added.
In comparison, another major industrial fire at a warehouse in Sungei Kadut in July took 60 firefighters three hours to put out.