SCDF investigates midnight blaze that destroyed Canberra Road wet market

Part of the wet market at Canberra today after it was burned to cinders. Photo: Ong Ye Kung/Facebook
Part of the wet market at Canberra today after it was burned to cinders. Photo: Ong Ye Kung/Facebook

An investigation has been launched into what caused a wet market in Canberra to go up in flames in the wee hours of this morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force, or SCDF, said it was investigating the fire that erupted at Block 511 Canberra Road just after midnight. Emergency responders arrived at the scene at 12:45am and extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.

“On 17 May 2021 at about 12.45am, SCDF was alerted to a fire at No. 511 Canberra Road. The fire involved the contents of a wet market. The cause of the fire is under investigation,” SCDF told Coconuts today.

The constituency’s MP, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung, said today that work would begin immediately to rebuild the market and provide support to affected vendors. Ong shared photos of the scene, which showed charred ceilings and floors. 

“While the cause of fire is still being investigated, given the extent of the fire, we will work with HDB to reinstate the wet market asap and reach out to all affected stall holders to provide assistance,” he wrote.

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