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Badly damaged: A portion of the first floor ceiling that collapsed in the Jem shopping mall.
THREE people were injured last night after a portion of a first floor ceiling collapsed in the Jem shopping mall.
A burst water pipe was believed to have been behind the incident, which occurred just after 10pm in the Jurong East centre.
IT engineer Jackson Khoo, 30, was on the first floor at the time.
“I was walking and heard a loud sound coming from behind me,” he said.
“When I turned around, the ceiling just fell to the floor and water gushed out.”
Khoo said maintenance officers rushed to stop water from escaping, though some had seeped into shops.
He added that there were few shoppers in the mall as it had just passed the 10pm closing time.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call for assistance at 10.14pm.
Three people were taken to National University Hospital with minor injuries.
Last month, thousands of shoppers at Jem had to be evacuated after a car caught fire in the basement carpark.
Earlier in the same week, three employees manning the ready-to-eat counter at the mall’s NTUC FairPrice Xtra store suffered minor burns when a deep fryer caught fire.
The mall opened in June, but only after its opening date was postponed for four days due to a lack of necessary fire permits.
The mall was cordoned off for safety checks last night. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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