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Fire in shophouse kills 3 in Singapore


Singapore, Dec 6 (PTI) At least three people were killed and nine others injured today when a fire broke out at a Singapore shophouse, accommodating foreign workers including those from India.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the fire was located in the centre of the unit situated in Geylang Lorong. The blazes, which began early in the morning, were extinguished within 30 minutes.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Three people were pronounced dead at the spot while nine others including two fire-fighters injured in the fire were rushed to a nearby hospital.

The New Paper, a local tabloid, reported that the occupants of the shophouse belonged to India, China, Malaysia and Bangladesh. The identity of the victims was being probed.

The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) said it has been working with the Ministry of Manpower, the Singapore Police Force and hospital staff, where injured are being treated, to better understand the current situation and communicate with the injured people.

The non-government organisation, working to support foreign workers, would also assist the victims and their next of kin besides assisting the injured workers, Bernard Menon, MWC Executive Director said.

He added that the “foremost objective is to find out how they (workers) are and reassure them of our readiness to assist them, should their employer for any reason be unable tob do so.

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