Fire swept through three square miles of the Singapore Chinese quarter, May 25, destroying thousands of wood and palm thatched huts, as well as modern blocks of flats.
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Background: Fire swept through three square miles of the Singapore Chinese quarter, May 25, destroying thousands of wood and palm thatched huts, as well as modern blocks of flats. It was the worst blaze the city has ever known. Civil and military fire engines rushed into the area but it was almost twenty hours before the flames were brought under control. Army bulldozers were used to cut firebreaks through buildings.
Flames swept within five miles of the city centre. Firefighters found that the water pressure was too low to be any use to their engines. A breeze fanned the blaze on and showered sparks over the roofs.
By the morning of May 26, shops, restaurants, coffee houses and humble dwellings were reduced to charred beams and twisted corrugated iron. Several explosions were caused by drums of kerosene and cooking oil. At least two people have lost their lives. It was the second time in two years that fire has hit the area. The Government of Singapore has announced that plans are underway to help the victims.