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Downtown Line fire won't affect construction: LTA

The Straits Times | Lim Yan Liang | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014

A fire that broke out at a Downtown Line (DTL) worksite in Bukit Panjang yesterday morning will not impact the construction of Downtown Line 2, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The fire, which sent plumes of grey smoke over the surrounding housing estates, happened shortly before 3am yesterday at the construction site along Woodlands Road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) sent three fire engines, a Red Rhino, an ambulance and five support vehicles to the scene.

Officers put out the fire, which involved wooden materials, in half an hour using three water jets. No injuries were reported.

Residents in nearby flats said the fire appeared to have started underground, and they could see billowing smoke, which they described as acrid and "haze-like".

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it has issued a stop work order for the affected area within the site while it works with the SCDF to investigate the cause of the blaze.

An LTA spokesman told The Straits Times that the fire was confined to a "localised area".

"There is also no impact to DTL2 construction," he said, adding that the LTA was assisting the authorities in its investigations.

Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate officers were dispatched to the site to investigate the accident, said an MOM spokesman.

Police investigations are ongoing.

This article was published on April 10 in The Straits Times.

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