SINGAPORE – Ten people, including a police officer, have been taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation, after a multi-unit fire broke out in a housing board apartment in Yishun on Tuesday morning (29 June).
The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post that it was alerted to the fire at Block 141 Yichun Ring Road around 8:30 am.
The fire was limited to the master bedrooms of three apartments on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the damaged building, with smoke damage throughout the units. It was extinguished by three water jets.
“At the height of the firefighting operation, an additional water jet from the exterior of the building was used to put out the flames that jumped out of the bedroom windows,” the firefighting fund said.
About 100 residents from the second floor to the tenth floor were evacuated by themselves before the fund arrived.
The Special Security Forces said, “Five off-duty Special Forces personnel, who were in the vicinity, provided assistance in medical and firefighting operations.”
Speaking to local media at the scene, Minister of Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam said the fire broke out in a unit with an old woman.
In a Facebook post on Friday evening, GRC member of parliament Nee Sun said he had visited the fire-affected units and described the damage as “severe”.
“The box’s fire engines arrived within six minutes, and the fire trucks came within a few minutes after that. The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes,” he added.
Shanmugam also said the Chongbang Community Club has been opened to the affected residents for rest, while grassroots leaders have worked with the Housing Development Board and the City Council to provide them with temporary housing.
“Tonight they will have a place to stay. Agencies and grassroots will continue to provide assistance,” he added.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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