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    Aug 03, 2016

    3 burnt in Old Airport Rd Food Centre

    A FIRE broke out at a stall that was having its

    gas supply restored in

    Old Airport Road

    Food Centre yesterday, with three taken to

    the hospital with

    burn injuries.

    The incident occurred at about 10am at Xin Mei Congee porridge stall, where two Union Energy repairmen had been working on its gas supply, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

    The owner of a noodle stall, who gave his name as Mr Wang, 52, told Wanbao that there was a loud explosion about half an hour into the repair works.

    He called the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), and several passers-by pitched in to help put out the fire.

    Four people were hurt, including two Union Energy maintenance workers and a female hawker from a fish soup stall just behind the

    porridge stall.

    SCDF said in a Facebook post yesterday that the three victims were taken in stable conditions to the Singapore General Hospital.

    Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident was "caused by a flash fire arising from repair works carried out on the gas supply to the food stall", it added.

    Mountbatten MP

    Lim Biow Chuan visited the hawker centre and asked about the affected hawkers as well as assisted in insurance and compensation matters.

    Union Energy representatives were also on site to lend assistance.

    A spokesman said it would investigate the incident and assist the affected hawkers.

    The hawker centre resumed normal operations in the afternoon after the

    fire was put out.