OIL giant ExxonMobil faces court proceedings for allegedly failing to let Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers in to put out a fire at one of its refineries.

In a highly unusual case, the company was on Tuesday issued three summonses in a district court for violating fire regulations.

SCDF is believed to have been alerted by a phone call from a person who noticed the fire in the Pioneer Road refinery on Jan 6.

ExxonMobil is accused of not allowing the officers to enter to put it out at about 2am. It is also said to have failed to let them in around two hours later to investigate and determine its cause.

The third summons is for allegedy failing to make sure that the refinery's fire safety manager notified the SCDF immediately about the fire.
The proceedings on Tuesday were conducted in chambers and the case was adjourned until Dec 28.

SCDF not allowed in