Singapore hotel evacuated after blasts, fire

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Hundreds of people were evacuated yesterday from a hotel in downtown Singapore after explosions and a fire erupted in a room containing electrical equipment, causing blackouts in nearby buildings.

The Carlton Hotel said the incident – rare for hyper-safe and efficient Singapore – was not terror-related and there were no injuries.

After the blasts and blaze, smoke could reportedly be seen wafting from the back of the building, which is just a short walk from the colonial-era Raffles Hotel.

“About a thousand persons were evacuated from the building. There were no reported injuries,” said the Singapore Civil Defence Force, the agency in charge of emergency services.

The blazed happened in a switch room housing electrical equipment and was quickly extinguished by firefighters, they said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Personnel from Singapore Power, the state-owned energy company, inspect the power room of The Carlton Hotel in Singapore following an explosion. – AFP