10 hurt in S’pore flat fire

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Ten people suffered injuries and smoke inhalation after a fire broke out yesterday at a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat in Whampoa, Singapore.

The 10, which included three children, were taken to hospitals, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post.

SCDF said it was alerted at about 9am to the fire at Block 22 Jalan Tenteram.

The “raging” fire had engulfed a home on the second floor, SCDF said. Six people managed to leave the flat before firefighters arrived. Two of them were found injured on the ground floor and were attended to by a paramedic and the SCDF’s Emergency Medical Services.

At the same time, firefighters from Central Fire Station put out the fire using a water jet and two compressed air foam backpacks.

Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates that it was of electrical origin from the living room. PHOTO: CNA