Fire breaks out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery

Fire breaks out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery

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A fire broke out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery complex on Nov 2, 2019, sending plumes of smoke into the air and leaving the grass around several graves burnt. (Screenshot: Emily Em)

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery complex just before noon on Saturday (Nov 2), sending plumes of smoke into the air and leaving the grass around several graves burnt.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to the fire near Christian Cemetery Path 6 at about 11.50am.

The fire involved vegetation of about 10m by 10m, and was extinguished with one water jet, SCDF said.

There were no reported injuries.

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Firefighters at the scene after a fire broke out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery complex on Nov 2, 2019. (Screenshot: Emily Em)

A video posted on Facebook shows the fire crackling as it burns the ground surrounding several plots of graves. Plumes of smoke rise into the air.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ms Emily Em, who was paying her respects to her late great-grandmother, said that the fire engulfed two areas of the cemetery.

"We saw some workers burn the grass they had just cut. But then the fire suddenly became very big," Ms Em told CNA.

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The fire engulfed two areas of Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, says Ms Emily Em, whose great-grandmother's grave was affected. (Screenshot: Emily Em)

CCK cemetery fire
A fire broke out at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery complex on Nov 2, 2019, sending plumes of smoke into the air and leaving the grass around several graves burnt. (Screenshot: Emily Em)

"The grass was very dry, so the fire spread very fast. The workers tried to put out the fire by hitting it with tree branches but it didn't work," she added.

Ms Em said her great-grandmother's grave was affected by the fire.

"I am very sad and worried because one of the areas that was burnt is where my great-grandmother's grave is," Ms Em said.

"It was all totally black colour. We couldn't walk through to the grave and do anything."

Source: CNA/aj

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