SINGAPORE (Aug 25): The manager of ESR-REIT has fired back against reports that the REIT’s property at 30 Toh Guan Road may have used materials that did not meet the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) fire safety requirements.

A 54-year-old woman died after the industrial building caught fire in May.

Reports say the building had used external cladding that may not adhere to safety standards in the Fire Code and did not meet safety standards.

In a filing to SGX on Friday, ESR-REIT manager clarified that the aluminium composite panels used at 30 Toh Guan Rd were compliant with the fire safety guidelines at the point of installation, and the company had received a certificate of conformity.

The manager of ESR-REIT says it is still in discussion with the supplier regarding this issue, but has already removed the cladding in question as a “precautionary measure”.

The company has also decided to remove the cladding at another ESR-REIT property, at 3 Pioneer Sector 3, which uses a similar external cladding product.

This comes despite claims that the SCDF had previously advised that the building remains fit and safe for occupancy following a comprehensive fire safety risk assessment.

“We remain committed to ensuring that our buildings are fully compliant with all safety guidelines and the safety of our tenants is paramount,” says the REIT manager.

Units in ESR-REIT closed at 55.5 cents on Thursday.