13 Mar '18, 8am

Supposedly never-seen-before photos of 1961 Bukit Ho Swee fire emerge online

The Bukit Ho Swee squatter settlement was completely gutted by a mysterious fire in 1961. In total, four people were killed and another 85 injured. The blaze destroyed a school, shops, factories, and 2,800 houses after it spread across 250 acres (approximately 93 football fields). Some 16,000 people became homeless as a result. It is the worst fire in Singapore. Advertisement Previously unseen photos On March 9, 2018, a set of supposedly never-seen-before photos of the Bukit Ho Swee fire was uploaded on Facebook by Robert Zhao Renhui. Zhao wrote that he got hold of a small envelope of photographs in London. It was labelled “Disaster” and contained black-and-white snapshots. The photos were presumably taken by a tourist who was in Singapore when the disaster happened. Many factors led to fire Photo via National Archives of Singapore The uncontrollable fire on May 25, 1961, ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/03/bukit-ho-swee-fire/

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