Popular Changi Village nasi lemak stall Mizzy Corner catches fire during chilli sauce prep
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You could say the sambal was literally too hot to handle — a fire broke out at popular nasi lemak store Mizzy Corner in Changi Village while an employee was cooking chilli. Even McDonald’s now sold-out Nasi Lemak Burger couldn’t lay a finger on this heat.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the scene at 5:36am on Monday (Aug 7). Stall owner Mizrea Abu Nazir was not at the stall at the time, but an employee had been cooking chili sauce there around 5am, when flames ignited from the kitchen stove.
Thanks to some quick thinking by the neighbors at Dil’B Restaurant, seven staff members extinguished the blaze with a dry powder extinguisher even before the SCDF arrived, with no injuries reported. TODAY reported that no other stalls were affected by the fire, though that seems hard to believe, considering footage shows the flames seemingly spreading through exhaust ducts.
The fire itself involved contents of the stove (that must have been some sambal) and the exhaust ducting. As a result, the store will be closed until the stove is replaced. Mizrea is waiting on the authorities’ approval to resume business, but hopes Mizzy Corner will be up and running as soon as tomorrow, on National Day.
Mizrea added that the damages affecting the stove and some cookware would cost between $20,000 and $30,000, but was “relieved” no one was hurt and no further damage had been done. “From now on, we have to be very careful… you never know when a fire can break out, and you can never imagine how big it can be and how much damage it can cause,” Mizrea said to TODAY.
Judging from the rave reviews on Burpple , it’s no wonder fans of the stall will miss the apparently famous nasi lemak stall. Long-time customer Abdul Rahman told TODAY that he makes a weekly pilgrimage from his home in Paya Lebar to enjoy his favorite dish.
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