An industrial fire broke out at Gul Lane in Singapore on Jan. 21. The fire took the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) 20 emergency vehicles and about 70 firefighters to extinguish.

The department reported the blaze, which was about the size of a football field, involved an industrial premises that housed contained drums of flammable liquid and industrial chemicals.

SCDF received an alert about the fire at 2.50 p.m. About 40 workers self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.

Officers were met with a fire that was "raging intensely and threatening to spread along the drain surrounding the premises" at the scene, reported SCDF. The department deployed resources to surround and contain the fire.

"Firefighters faced intense heat and thick black acrid smoke while preventing the fire from spreading to the other storage drums and the neighbouring premises," SCDF reported. "At the height of the firefighting operation, seven water jets, including an Unmanned Firefighting Machine (UFM) were used to mitigate the fire."

Firefighters used foam to cover or blanket the surfaces of flammable liquids.

The fire was extinguished at about 3.30pm.

A man was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for burn injuries on his forearm, said SCDF. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.