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Snapshots of tragedy

May 8, 2014 - 12:59am

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PHOTO: The Straits Times

It started as an electrical short circuit, but developed into a huge blaze that killed nine people.

The Robinson’s Department Store fire broke out on Nov 21, 1972 and reduced the four-storey building to an empty, burnt-out shell.

A black-and-white photo (above) taken by Mr Mak Kian Seng, a retired photographer from The Straits Times, captures the dramatic burnt-out shell of the damaged store.

The photo is being currently showcased at the We: Defining Stories exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Presented by The Straits Times and The National Museum of Singapore, the exhibition charts the history of Singapore through the eyes of photographers from The Straits Times.

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