Seven hour operation to put out fire on cargo barge at Tuas shipyard, Singapore; Firefighter injured

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Firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) brought under control a fire on a large cargo barge berthed at the Sembcorp Marine shipyard in Tuas on Monday (Aug 1), seven hours after their arrival at the incident site.

Seven hour operation to put out fire on cargo barge at Tuas shipyard, Singapore; Firefighter injured

SCDF firefighters took about seven hours to bring the fire on the barge under control. PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook

SCDF said a firefighter sustained a minor injury in the operation, when hot run-off water and steam scalded his right leg. He was taken to the National University Hospital.

SCDF firefighters took about seven hours to bring the fire on the barge under control. PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook

As of 12.30am on Tuesday morning local time, SCDF's firefighters were still "mitigating small pockets" of what it earlier described as a "deep-seated fire within (the) huge barge".

Smoke rising from the barge on fire. PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook

In an update on Facebook, SCDF said the fire was brought under control at about 10.30pm, about seven hours after the fire was reported. It added that it has been "winding down" the firefighting operation and that SCDF resources at the scene have been "scaled down considerably".

SCDF firefighters took about seven hours to bring the fire on the barge under control. PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook

"At the height of the operation, the raging fire within the barge not only affected Deck 4 but it was deep-seated, burning in several cabins of Deck 3 too.

SCDF firefighters took about seven hours to bring the fire on the barge under control. PHOTO: SCDF

"As most of the internal wooden structures of the cabins had collapsed, this posed a severe challenge to SCDF firefighters in penetrating these cabins to swiftly mitigate the fire," SCDF said in a Facebook post.

SCDF firefighters took about seven hours to bring the fire on the barge under control. PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook

Source: SCDF