Four people were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at a Tampines Housing Board block on 15 Apr. The police evacuated 20 others, staying on other floors.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the fire at Block 492E Tampines Street 45 at 9.15am. It was reported that the fire involved household items stacked along the corridor on the 11th floor.
Three community first responders tried to put out the fire before SCDF reached the scene.
A 2-year-old boy, a man, and two community first responders suffered from smoke inhalation. The adults were taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) while the child was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
The fire was eventually extinguished by a water jet.
No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
In a Facebook post, SCDF reminded the public that “obstructing common areas can hamper firefighting efforts, evacuation and. Conveyance of patients during a medical emergency.”
It also urged the public to report such fire hazards via its hotline at 1800 280 0000 or the myResponder mobile app.
Big or small, fire safety is for all. Practice fire safety even when you are at home.
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