28 Sep '11, 12pm

Fire at Shell oil refinery intensifies

SINGAPORE: A fire that broke out at the refinery of oil company Shell on Pulau Bukom on Wednesday afternoon has intensified. Shell had initially said that the fire at the refinery, which broke out at around 1.15pm, had been contained. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the fire involves petroleum products from pipes in the tank farm at the manufacturing facility. The SCDF sent two fire engines, two fire bikes, one Red Rhino and eight support vehicles when it was alerted at 1.18pm. SCDF and Pulau Bukom's in-house fire-fighting team are at work with 25 water jets. Shell said all efforts are directed to ensure the safety of staff and emergency responders on site. No injuries have been reported and all staff are accounted for. SCDF said all non essential staff from Pulau Bukom have been evacuated from the island following the fire and that fire fighting operations a...

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