Stalls close at Newton Food Centre after fire causes power outage

Stalls close at Newton Food Centre after fire causes power outage

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Stalls at Newton Food Centre were closed due to a power outage on Mar 16, 2019. (Photo: Gary Haris)

SINGAPORE: A fire at Newton Food Centre on Saturday morning (Mar 16) caused a power outage at the hawker centre and forced stalls to close for the day.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to a fire at Newton Food Centre at 9.45am. 

The fire involved an electrical switch room and was extinguished using two compressed air foam backpacks and a fire extinguisher, it said.

Stallholders will not be operating their businesses on Saturday night, said the National Environment Agency (NEA), which manages the centre.

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A sign at Newton Food Centre apologising for the inconvenience caused by a power outage. (Photo: Gary Haris)

SP Group, which supplies electricity to the centre, said that the power outage was traced to the food centre's electrical equipment.

"At around 10am today, we were alerted that electricity supply to the Newton Food Centre was disrupted," said SP Group.

"This has been traced to the food centre’s own electrical equipment. We confirm that SP Group’s network is in order."

SP Group added that it dispatched its officers to the site and offered its assistance to NEA.

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A fire at Newton Food Centre on Mar 16, 2019 started in an electric switch room. (Photo: Gary Haris)

Mr Gary Haris who had wanted to dine at the hawker centre told Channel NewsAsia that the stalls were still closed at 6.30pm.

"I went (to Newton Food Centre) for my dinner and was surprised unusually many stalls were closed and many people coming out of the hawker centre looking disappointed," he said.

"One of the cleaners told me earlier in the day there was a fire at the main switch room, and they are currently investigating and trying to repair the burnt switch room equipment."

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A fire at Newton Food Centre on Mar 16, 2019 started in an electric switch room. (Photo: Gary Haris)

NEA said power has been progressively restored to the 83 stalls at the centre since 9pm.

The agency will be looking into providing some concessions to the stallholders whose businesses are affected.

The SCDF reported no injuries in the incident and is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Source: CNA/jt(hm)

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