Vegetation fire breaks out at Pulau Ubin

SCDF rushing to put out fire near Outward Bound School
NG JING YNG Today Online 28 Mar 14;

Photo of fire at Pulau Ubin sent in by David, a retiree who witnessed the blaze.

SINGAPORE — A vegetation fire at broke out on Pulau Ubin island at around 1pm today and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is currently rushing to put out the fire.

As of 3.52pm, the SCDF said that one water jet was still fighting the fire.

According to a 55-year-old retiree David, who declined to reveal his full name, he was fishing at 1 kilometre away when he spotted the fire. “The fire was spreading very slowly and it was getting bigger with time,” he said.

He added that the area on fire is within a forest near the Outward Bound Singapore and the place is fenced up. Police coast guards in the vicinity are also on site, added David.

According to a spokesperson from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, they received a call at around 1.13pm and have sent a 15-men crew to the location.

Correction: The article originally stated that the fire was near “Outward Bound School”. This is incorrect. The proper name for the organisation is “Outward Bound Singapore”. We apologise for the error. This page was updated at 9.38pm.