Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fire Fire Burn So High!

Update 01 Feb 2015: Serangoon flat fire: Maid arrested for mischief by fire
They hired her for 11 days, but she will end up costing them more than 100k to fix their house. Maid admitted to the police that she started the fire in the living room, then went to the room of the employer's young daughter where she burned the mattress. She also allegedly told the doctors at the hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation that she was very happy. Employers are distraught, and say they have been nothing but nice to the maid. They bought her clothes, a new bed, new pillows and a blanket. But she burned down their house

Her flat had been gutted by a fire and her maid taken to hospital for smoke inhalation

Worried that her maid would have no clothes to wear after she was discharged, Mrs Gina Ong said she bought new clothes for her.

"But police told me not to see her," the 32-year-old interior designer added.

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Fire breaks out at Bishan Street 22 coffeeshop

A fire broke out on the ground floor of a coffeeshop at Block 284 Bishan Street 22 on Sunday morning (Feb 8).

According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the fire started from a kitchen stove in one of the food stalls. SCDF said it was alerted to the incident at 11.33am and sent a fire engine, a red rhino, as well as a support vehicle to the scene.


The fire was extinguished with a water jet within 5 minutes. No injuries were reported. SCDF confirmed that there were no injuries and is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Altar in flat catches fire, no one hurt

An altar in a Bedok Housing Board flat caught fire on Sunday night, but none of the unit's occupants were injured.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call for help at about 9pm, and dispatched two fire engines and one red rhino to Block 615, Bedok Reservoir Road.

The fire was put out with one water jet within five minutes. No injuries were reported.

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Fire breaks out in HDB flat in Ang Mo Kio

A fire broke out in a housing block unit at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Thursday evening.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call at 6.08pm about the fire on the 5th floor at Block 541.

It deployed one fire engine, a Red Rhino, two fire bikes and two support vehicles to the scene.

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Fire at Geylang shophouse kills 4, injures 8 others
The police said in a statement today that they received a call requesting for assistance at 1.33am at a building along Lorong 4, Geylang

Upon their arrival at the scene, it was established that a fire had occurred.

Three people were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, while nine others were conveyed to hospital.

One more person subsequently succumbed to his injuries, bringing the death toll to four people.

related:4 Malaysians killed in Geylang hostel fire in Singapore

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4 Malaysians die in Geylang fire

A fire that broke out at a shophouse in Geylang, Singapore, yesterday claimed the lives of four Malaysians working as cleaners in the island republic.

Three of them were men aged between 40 and 50. They were found unconscious by firefighters in the building and had died at the scene. The fourth victim, whose gender and age had yet to be confirmed, died in hospital.

The Straits Times newspaper in Singapore reported that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted about 1.40am.

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Man dies in Telok Blangah Crescent flat after fire broke out in the unit
The Straits Times understands that after the fire was put out, officers checked the affected unit and found a Chinese man in his 70s badly burnt in the living room. -- ST PHOTO: ABDUL AZIZ HUSSIN

A man died from burns after a fire broke out in a unit on the eighth floor of Block 3, Telok Blangah Crescent on Monday morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was informed about the fire at 7.14am. Thick smoke was seen coming out from the kitchen window.

The Straits Times understands that after the fire was put out, officers checked the affected unit and found a Chinese man in his 70s badly burnt in the living room. He was pronounced dead at about 8am.


Fire traps teen in Hougang St 11 flat
Screengrab of YouTube video by Karen Lau showing the SCDF putting out the fire at Block 158, Hougang Street 11

A male teenager was sent to hospital for smoke inhalation after he was rescued from a burning flat in Hougang St 11 earlier today (Oct 23).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call at 3.29pm, alerting them to the fire at Block 158.

The SCDF had to force open a metal gate to enter the flat. The SCDF also said the fire involved the contents of the living room and it was put out in five minutes using a water jet.

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Woman hurt in gas explosion in Ang Mo Kio
Impact: The blast from the gas stove shattered the window pane

She turned on the gas stove to boil some water and ended up injured in a gas explosion yesterday morning.

The impact of the blast was so great that it shattered the window panes of the fourth-storey flat at Block 218, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

A window frame was dislodged and fell to the ground, damaging a car parked directly below the flat.

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Seven trapped in elevators during Golden Mile Complex fire
One of the women trapped in the buildings elevators was sent to hospital because of breathlessness

Two hundred people were evacuated from the Golden Mile Complex on Wednesday (Oct 1) after a fire broke out on the ground floor.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a news release that they were alerted to the fire on Beach Road at 4.37pm. Two fire engines, two ambulances, four support vehicles and a red rhino were on the scene within eight minutes.

A member of the public who sent in video of the incident said he saw "brown smoke" coming from the location.

related: SCDF rescues passengers trapped in lift after fire breaks out at Golden Mile Complex


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Fire breaks out at Boon Lay warehouse
No injuries were reported in the fire, which was about the size of a football field

Fire broke out at a warehouse dealing with plastic materials at 6 Fan Yoong Road, near Jalan Boon Lay, early Friday (Oct 3) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at 2.58am, and dispatched five fire engines, three red rhinos, nine supporting vehicles, an ambulance and an Unmanned Firefighting Machine to the scene of the blaze within eight minutes.

The fire, about the size of a football field, was raging when SCDF arrived.


Fire breaks out at 10th floor of Pearls Centre

Black smoke was seen billowing from Pearls Centre at Eu Tong Sen Street today (Sept 1) after a fire broke out at the 10th-storey carpark of the building


The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), which was alerted to the fire at 3.41pm, said the fire involved two ventilator fans in the carpark. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes by members of the public using two hose reel jets before SCDF officers arrived at the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

The SCDF dispatched two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, two fire bikes, four support vehicles and an ambulance to the scene.


Two cars catch fire in downtown Singapore

A car travelling along Victoria Street caught fire on Monday (Sep 1) morning. No one was injured in the fire, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at 8.13am, and dispatched two fire bikes, a red rhino and a fire engine to the scene. The fire was extinguished using a water jet.

Another vehicle fire was reported later that day along Havelock Road. Deo Virtucio, sent in this picture of a smoking car, snapped after he heard a loud bang and went to take a look.


Fire at Punggol childcare centre, nearly 100 children safely evacuated
Fire broke out in a Child Care centre at Punggol End. Insert: Children being guided back to the back gates of the Carpe Diem Childcare Resort after the fire had been extinguished


Ninety-five children, aged between three and six years old, yesterday fled a fire at their childcare centre with 14 teachers.

No one was hurt and the evacuation was smooth, thanks to twice-yearly fire drills and the clearly-identified safety route.

The youngsters evacuated to a holding ground not far from the Carpe Diem Childcare Resort at Punggol 24th Avenue near Punggol Point.

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2,500 fires broke out in first half of year

A worker from Prince's Landscape & Construction watering plants at Bukit Batok Street 31 in February. The "unusual dry spell" early in the year contributed to the 529 vegetation fires in the first six months of this year

A surge in the number of vegetation fires during an "unusual dry spell" between January and March has led to a rise in the total number of fires in the first half of this year.

From January to June, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had to deal with around 2,500 fires, compared to around 2,100 in the same period last year.

This was due to the 529 vegetation fires - five times the number in the first six months of last year, when there were 104 cases.


Car fires on the rise

If you have not been taking your car to a workshop regularly for checks and maintenance, you may be playing with fire, literally.

The number of vehicles that caught fire has gone up by 20 per cent, from 95 in the first six months of last year to 114 cases in the first half of this year.

The numbers were released by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) yesterday. More than half of this year's cases involved cars.


Fire in Boon Keng Rd flat

A fire broke out at a flat on the 14th floor of Block 3B Upper Boon Keng Road at about 6.20 pm on Wednesday (Aug 20).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said a fire engine, two Red Rhinos, three ambulances and three support vehicles were dispatched to the scene. The fire was confined to one bedroom in the flat and was put out in 10 minutes.

Four adults and a child from the affected unit were treated by paramedics on site due to smoke inhalation. SCDF adds that investigations are ongoing on the cause of the fire.


Rise in fires during first half of 2014 due to dry season
A firefighting machine deployed to put out a fire which broke out at a factory in Sungei Kadut Street 6 on Aug 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: SCDF

The total number of fire calls rose by 19.2 per cent between January and June this year, largely due to an increase in vegetation fires during the dry season, reported the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Wednesday.

SCDF responded to a total of 2,532 fires during these six months, up from 2,125 in the same period last year.

There were 529 cases of vegetation fires, the highest number for six months of the year since 2005 where there were 697 cases.

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Deaths of the two Marina Bay Suites guards ruled as misadventure by fire
The deaths of two security guards at the Marina Bay Suites condominium in January was ruled as misadventure by fire by the state coroner on Wednesday. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The deaths of two Marina Bay Suites security guards in January was ruled as misadventure by fire by the state coroner on Wednesday.

Mr Sim Lai Huat, 55, and Madam Sooria Kala Kaneseon, 33, had taken a lift up to a 65th floor penthouse to investigate what they had assumed to be a false fire alarm.

But when the lift doors opened, they were engulfed by extreme heat and smoke emitted from raging flames, likely to have originated from cigarette embers and fuelled by construction waste from a unit undergoing renovations that was strewn near the lift.


Charred body found at site of Sungei Kadut fire
A factory at Sungei Kadut Street 6, near Kranji, caught fire late Sunday morning

In an update provided by the Singapore Civil Defence Force, a charred body was found after the fire was fully extinguished at about 1pm. Police are investigating the unnatural death.

According to an update on Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF) Facebook page at around 12.50pm, unmanned firefighting machines were deployed and the fire is under control.

"2 male casualties who sustained burn injuries have been conveyed to SGH. Search operations are still ongoing," the SCDF wrote on Facebook.


Woman taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after fire at Lucky Plaza

A woman in her 40s was taken to hospital after a fire broke out at Lucky Plaza this morning.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire in the food court at the basement of the Orchard Road mall, at 10.40am. A fire engine, one Red Rhino, two firebikes, one ambulance and two support vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

On arrival, they found that the fire involving a food stall had already been extinguished by a member of the public using a fire extinguisher. SCDF said a woman was taken to Singapore Changi Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

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SCDF puts out kitchen fire at flat in Pandan Gardens

A fire broke out in the kitchen of an 11th-floor unit in Block 411, Pandan Gardens, yesterday afternoon, while the occupants were out.

No one was injured in the fire, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), which was alerted to the blaze at 2.04pm. It sent five fire emergency vehicles — three fire engines, one Red Rhino and one combined platform ladder — and one ambulance to the scene within two minutes and put out the fire with one water jet in less than 20 minutes.

About 40 residents from the 10th and 12th floors were also evacuated, said the SCDF.


Fire at Circuit Road: SCDF
Fire involved discarded items left on a 10th floor staircase landing, says the SCDF

A fire broke out at a staircase landing on the 10th floor of Block 70, Circuit Road, at about 7.30am today (July 24).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) says the fire involved discarded items on the 10th floor staircase landing.

A fire engine, two red rhinos, two fire bikes and a support vehicle were dispatched to the scene, and a water jet was subsequently used to put out the blaze. 
No one was injured and investigations are ongoing, the SCDF said.

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Man dies after fire at Woodlands flat

A 57-year-old man died after a fire broke out in a Housing and Development Board flat at Woodlands Crescent early yesterday morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for help at 3.18am. Upon arrival, firefighters found the living room and a study room on fire. The man, believed to be the owner of the flat in Block 788E, was found unconscious in the toilet.

After pulling him out of the unit, SCDF paramedics administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which continued as he was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

related: 3 injured in Woodlands Crescent fire

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Pasir Ris condo blaze: In panic, residents take lift

BLAZE: The fire raging in the unit. The blaze was put out in less than 10 minutes after firefighters arrived. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

She was getting ready to take her employer’s four-year-old daughter to school when she heard shouts and screams.

Curious, Ms Siti Rodiah, 39, a domestic helper from Indonesia, went to the balcony and saw thick black smoke coming out of the unit diagonally below hers on the 16th storey (above).

She had been told not to take the lift if a fire broke out, but panicking, she and other residents ignored fire-safety signs and took the lift down anyway.

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Fire at Tuas warehouse: 80 SCDF personnel battled blaze
A fire broke out at a warehouse on Tuas Avenue 11 in Singapore on Sunday, April 27, 2014, afternoon, involving waste products, and affecting an area of 40m by 40m. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at 3.38pm and sent eight fire engines, two Red Rhinos, four supporting vehicles, one ambulance and one unmanned firefighting machine.

It took two and a half hours to put out the fire, with the help of 14 water and foam jets. The jets used include two aerial platform monitors which were used for aerial firefighting, and an unmanned firefighting machine which was deployed inside the warehouse to apply a foam blanket over the raging fire, which took up an area of about 50m by 50m.

External foam jets were used to surround the warehouse to contain the fire and to prevent it from spreading to the neighbouring units. SCDF is carrying out damping-down operations.


Fire at Circuit Road hawker centre

A fire broke out at a hawker centre at 79A Circuit Road on this morning (April 11).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at 9.12am.


One fire engine, one red rhino and two fire bikes were dispatched to the location.

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Fire damages NUS research lab




Firefighters take an hour to control blaze in lab with chemical materials, 2 sent to hospital for smoke inhalation

Fire damaged a research laboratory in the Engineering block of the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Kent Ridge last night (Apr 4).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted at about 10.15pm.

A spokesman said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the laboratory, which had chemical materials, was engulfed in flames.
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Neighbours save man from blaze and find showering sister also trapped

The man behind the locked gate was calm despite a fire raging in his flat

“The heat was intense and his skin was all red,” Mr Clement Koh recounted of his sixth-storey neighbour, Mr Liu, who was trapped in a blaze on Wednesday.

Mr Koh’s father, who was also at the scene, went back to his seven-storey unit to get a sledgehammer to break the lock. At the same time, Mr Koh and other neighbours tried using brute force to open the gate.

“We sat on the floor and pulled the gate grilles together,” the 24-year-old Singapore Management University student said, recalling the fire which happened at Block 873, Yishun Street 81 around 8.30pm. They managed to create a small gap at the bottom of the gate and Mr Liu crawled out.

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BALESTIER RD KOPITIAM IN FLAMES: COLUMN OF SMOKE SPOTTED BY S'POREANS FROM MILES AROUND

A coffee shop along Balestier Road was spotted burning fiercely this morning (Mar 30).

A towering column of smoke was sighted by many TRS readers from a distance.

TRS reader Cabelle, VFOX , Jayson, Xuan, Sangeeta, Wati,Fra and Sheryl all sent in pictures and comments about the blaze.


Plumes of thick, black smoke from coffeeshop fire seen over Whampoa
A plume of thick, black smoke was seen billowing over Whampoa on Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a coffeeshop on Balestier Road

The incident took place at 10.45am at 567 Balestier Road, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman, who added that the unit was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

SCDF firefighters managed to extinguished the fire, which was confined to the coffeeshop, within 20 minutes.

A man from the neighbouring unit, however, was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a "precautionary measure" after he suffered minor abrasions while rushing out of the unit, said the spokesman.

TAXI GOES UP IN FLAMES AND CAUSES TRAFFIC JAM ALONG LOYANG AVE

Numerous TRS readers reported that a taxi had caught fire along Loyang Avenue yesterday (28 Mar)

TRS readers Lim, Ame, Susan, Kris, Natalie and Desmondsent in photos of the taxi in flames as well as when the SCDF personnel arrived at the scene and when the fire was being put out.

Susan said that the incident caused a heavy jam at around 8 am.

Ame said that it seems to have be caused by the engine overheating, and that a strong burning plastic odor filled the air.

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TAXI GOES UP IN FLAMES IN FRONT OF TEN MILE JUNCTION MALL AT WOODLANDS RD


SCDF personnel raced to put out the flames after a taxi caught fire at Woodlands Road this afternoon (March 25).

According to a spokesperson from the SCDF, no injuries were reported.

TRS reader Sang Ngiap managed to snap photos of the burning taxi as he was passing by on a bus, while TRS reader Giselle and Tasha sent in photos of the charred wreckage.
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No injuries in fire at Downtown Line worksite in Little India
The scene of a fire at the Downtown Line 2 Little India station contruction site, with large black smoke clouds billowing from it. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @RajidAhamed)

No one was injured in a fire that broke out at a Downtown Line worksite along Race Course Road on Wednesday night.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) told Yahoo Singapore that a “small fire” had broken out at a “localised area” within the worksite of the Downtown Line Little India MRT station.

“There is also no impact to DTL2 construction progress,” added a spokesperson for the LTA, who added that the fire was put out by 10pm, after it first broke out about half an hour earlier.


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Fire at Rochor Centre level one; nobody hurt

People at Rochor Centre had to be evacuated when a fire broke out on level one on Thursday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call about the fire at 2.03pm.

SCDF sent two fire bikes, one Red Rhino and one supporting vehicle to the scene.


Fire guts Marine Parade coffee shop, no reported deaths or injuries so far
Fire engulfed a coffee shop at Block 59 Marine Terrace on Friday morning, but no injuries or deaths have been reported so far

Mr Elson Lee, 46, a seller of spare car parts, told The Straits Times that he was on his way to the coffeeshop for breakfast at 8.45am when he saw that two stalls inside the coffee shop had caught fire.

"It was very fierce and very fast. Within five minutes, the fire spread to the rest of the stalls. All of them were burnt so quickly," he said.

In a statement, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 9.02am and dispatched a fire bike, a fire engine and two Red Rhinos. The fire involved six stalls and was put out with two water jets in 30 minutes, it added. Police and the SCDF also evacuated 10 residents living upstairs. Investigations are ongoing.


Fire guts five-room flat in Serangoon North

A fire broke out in a five-room flat at Block 512, Serangoon North Avenue 4, on Sunday evening. The Straits Times understands that no one was injured although the flat was badly burnt.

Engineer Yip Wai Loon, 36, who lives next door to the affected unit on the seventh floor, said the flat belonged to an Indian family. Other residents said they heard small explosions at about 5pm and headed to the void deck for safety.

Ms Wu Yan, 31, a housewife who lives on the ninth floor, said the smoke was acrid and very black". "The blocks were covered in smoke so much so that we couldn't see across to the next one. The smell was also very strong so we ran for safety," she said.

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'The victims looked very scared'
The fire on the 17th storey threatened to engulf the unit, with a lot of smoke pouring out

A fire broke out in a flat in Block 167D Punggol East around 9.40am yesterday, trapping a woman in her 60s and her four-year-old grandson.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted at 9.47am and its officers arrived at the scene within eight minutes. They then forced their way in to rescue the woman and the boy.

Just as the victims emerged, a neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Mr Chung, 76, handed them wet towels to wrap around their noses and mouths so they could breathe better through the thick smoke.


Woman and young boy rescued from fire in Punggol flat
Fire fighters rescued a woman and a young boy after a fire broke out in a Punggol flat.  (Google Street View)
Yahoo Newsroom - Fire fighters rescued a woman and a young boy after a fire broke out in a Punggol flat

A woman in her 60s and a young boy were rescued by fire fighters on Monday morning after a fire broke out in the bedroom of a HDB flat in Punggol.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the fire at the 17th storey unit of BLK 167 Punggol East at 9:47am.

Fire fighters broke into the house to rescue the woman and the boy, who both suffered from smoke inhalation.

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Early morning fire burns flats in Whampoa but no one injured

An early Saturday morning fire at a Housing Board block in Whampoa gutted two neighbouring two-room flats.

In the flat where the fire started, one of its bedroom walls collapsed into the unit beside it.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was notified of the fire at Block 33, Jalan Bahagia at 1.50am. When SCDF officers arrived, the occupants of the flat where the fire first blazed - two men in their 40s and 60s - as well as 40 residents had already evacuated the block.

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Choa Chu Kang fire: Maid escapes with elderly lady on her back

A maid carried her elderly stroke-stricken employer on her back to escape from a fire which broke out at a neighbour's unit at 7am this morning.

According to a Shin Min Daily report, a fire broke out on a 8th floor unit of Blk 297C Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2, and sent many residents fleeing from their homes.

The panicked maid tumbled down a flight of stairs while making her way down from the 11th to 10th storey, and she fell to the ground along with her elderly employer.


Man gets 8 years' jail for starting fire at home which killed his father
The fire gutted flat of pastor Michael Ho Shiong Chun. A 33-year-old man who set his family home on fire and caused the death of his father, was on Thursday sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TERENCE TAN

A 33-year-old man who set his family home on fire and caused the death of his father, was on Thursday sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The High Court heard that on the night of August 5, 2009, Ho Wei Yi, who has a history of psychiatric illness, had heard voices coming from the bed in the master bedroom of his family's Housing Board flat along McNair Road in Boon Keng Road.

Wanting to exorcise the "evil spirits", the unemployed man brought two pieces of paper into the room, placed them on the bed, and set them on fire with a lighter. The voices in his head got louder and he then fled the flat, padlocking the front gates as he left. His 58-year-old father, Michael Ho Shiong Chun, was later found face-down in the master bedroom toilet by firefighters.


Fire at Kent Ridge Hall in NUS put out
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A fire took place Friday at the Kent Ridge Campus of the National University of Singapore (NUS). 

The fire occurred in a dumpster at Kent Ridge Hall and was put out by 1:30pm. No one was injured, said an NUS spokesperson.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they received a call about the incident at 12:55pm.

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Fire and explosions from Toh Guan Road carpark
Explosions heard at a multi-storey carpark at Toh Guan Road and subsequently carpark was engulfed by black smoke, on Feb 13, 2014. A fire broke out in a carpark along Toh Guan Road on Thursday evening, Feb 13, 2014, at about 5.30pm.  -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANDREW YEO

A fire broke out in a carpark along Toh Guan Road on Thursday evening at about 5.30pm. Residents said that the fire started in a van, and spread to two motorcycles.

Mr Andrew Yeo, 49, said that he was parking his car on the top floor when he heard a loud explosion. He decided to drive down and exit the carpark, but heard three more explosions.

"The lower floors were engulfed in thick black smoke and fire. I couldn't see anything, but I could hear people shouting."

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Fewer fires last year, says SCDF

The number of fire incidents fell by nearly eight per cent to 4,136 cases last year compared with 2012, a 20-year low as records before 1994 were incomplete.

More than half of these fires were caused by disposal of lighted materials such as cigarette butts, according to statistics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Four people died from fire incidents in 2013, which was three more than 2012.

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Fire at The Pinnacle@Duxton; five fire trucks at the scene

A photo of The Pinnacle@Duxton. A fire broke out at The Pinnacle@Duxton on Cantonment Road on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. Five fire trucks, an ambulance and the police are at the scene. Smoke was seen coming from the upper levels of Blk 1D. - ST FILE PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A fire broke out at The Pinnacle@Duxton on Cantonment Road on Sunday afternoon. Five fire trucks, an ambulance and the police are at the scene. Smoke was seen coming from the upper levels of Blk 1D.

A resident said she initially thought it was the haze, before she realised there was a fire when the fire alarm went off.

The Pinnacle, an iconic public housing development, comprises seven connected 50-storey towers.

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SCDF put out living room fire in three-room Ang Mo Kio flat
A fire in the living room of a 3-room flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 was put out by firemen from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Monday evening, Jan 20, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
A fire in the living room of a 3-room flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 was put out by firemen from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Monday evening, Jan 20, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Three fire engines and one supporting appliance was deployed to the scene when the SCDF was alerted to it at 8.18pm. One water jet was used to put the fire out, SCDF said.

The owner of the flat in Block 633, who only wanted to be known as Mrs Lim, said that she, her painter husband Mr Lim, 63, and their domestic maid were having dinner at the nearby Ang Mo Kio Hub at about 7pm when a neighbour called them about the fire.

The 68-year-old housewife, told reporters that she thought the fire might have started from the burning candle on the worship altar.

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Kids scream for help as grandpa sleeps during fire
Mrs Han Ming Juan had just stepped out of the shower at 7.40pm on Tuesday when she heard shouting outside her 13th-storey flat at Block 182, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5

She realised that her neighbours’ four sons were screaming: “Auntie, help! Auntie, help!”

When Mrs Han, who is in her 50s, and her husband went out, they were shocked to see their neighbours’ three-room flat on fire.

The boys, aged between 6 to 10, were trapped in the flat as the metal gate was locked. Their grandfather, 79, was still sleeping in his room, unaware of the fire.

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$5,000 set aside for Chinese New Year up in flames


An elderly couple lost $5,000 they had set aside for Chinese New Year when a fire broke out in their living room on Monday evening.

When The New Paper visited the three-room flat in Ang Mo Kio, an elderly woman, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim, 68, was in tears, squatting at the lift landing and clutching her head in anguish.

The housewife said: “We had $5,000 in cash and several boxes of new clothes in the living room.”

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2 die in Singapore hi-rise fire
2 die in Singapore hi-rise fire
Two security officers died in a fire at the Marina Bay Suites on Monday night. (Image: keppelland.com.sg)

2 die in Singapore hi-rise fire: Two security officers died in a fire at the hi-rise Marina Bay Suites in Singapore on Monday night, according to reports.

The two victims were identified by police as 34-year-old Ms. Sooria Kala from Malaysia, and 58-year-old Mr. Sim Lai Huat from Singapore.

At 10:10pm on Monday evening, police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to an incident at the hi-rise condominiums located at 3 Central Boulevard.

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Fire breaks out at 65th floor unit of Marina Bay Suites
A fire broke out at a 65th floor unit of the Marina Bay Suites condominium late Monday night, forcing residents to be evacuated from their apartments. A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel was taken away in an ambulance conscious. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

As of 7am Tuesday morning, the building was still being cordoned off with police officers at the scene.

A woman who looked to be in her 40s and another who looked to be in her early 20s were spotted at the scene looking distraught.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call for help at 10.11pm. A spokesman said the fire involved contents of renovation materials, such as paint, at the service lift lobby area. An SCDF personnel was taken away in an ambulance conscious on Monday night.

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16 fire cases over past 2 weeks due to improper bulky waste disposal

Over the past two weeks, the Singapore Civil Defence Force has been alerted to 16 cases of fire caused by improper disposal of bulky items.

With Lunar New Year just around the corner, many families are spring cleaning, including disposing of their old furniture.

However, the improper disposal of these items has created fire hazards.

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Family in lucky escape from fire


Madam Lyn Kasman is glad that she did not take her asthma medication before going to bed.

If she had, she might have continued sleeping while her four-room Compassvale Walk flat in Sengkang, with her three children in it, was on fire.

The housewife woke up yesterday at about 1am after hearing a noise outside her bedroom, only to discover that the room opposite was burning.

related: Early morning fire hits HDB unit in Compassvale Walk

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2 brothers rescued from Hougang flat that was on fire


A fire broke out at a flat at Hougang Street 51 on Wednesday morning.

The SCDF said on its Facebook page that the fire originated from the prayer altar of the living room of the flat.

SCDF officers arrived on the scene shortly, and forced entry into the flat on the sixth floor as the gate to the unit was locked.

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Fire cases in private residential areas increase by 20%

Cases of fire in private residential areas have increased by 20 per cent from January to June 2013.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said 76 private residential fire cases occurred in that period, out of a total of 1,541 residential cases.

The SCDF only releases such data once every six months.

related: Fire in Hougang prompts evacuation of some 20 residents

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Fire breaks out at Pending Rd flat, no injuries reported
Fire at Kaki Bukit industrial area. Photo by @birdlovetotwit.
Yahoo Newsroom - Fire at Kaki Bukit industrial area. Photo by @birdlovetotwit - Nov 18, 2013

A fire has broken out at Kaki Bukit Industrial Estate on Monday, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)

SCDF received a call at 6.44pm for "a case of smoke showing" at 8 Kaki Bukit Avenue 1. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes using two water jets and there were no persons injured at the scene.

SCDF also said that the fire had involved contents of a switch room located on the ground level and that four fire engines were despatched with three supporting appliances. SCDF is currently investigating the cause of fire.

related: Fire breaks out at Kaki Bukit industrial area

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2 dead in Sunday morning fire at Bukit Timah bungalow

Bukit Timah Bungalow - Nov 17, 2013

Two bodies were found by firefighters who were called to put out a fire at a Bukit Timah Bungalow early in the morning today.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they were alerted of the fire at 4.16am today. SCDF said that resources were immediately dispatched to the location at 40 Jalan Gaharu. Two fire engines, one Red Rhino, two ambulances and one support appliance were sent to the location.

Upon arrival, SCDF personnel said they found the single storey unit blazing and immediately conducted fire fighting operations with three water jets.

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2 die in early morning bungalow fire in Singapore


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Fire in the home

The issue of homes being converted to temples has come to the fore after a fire broke out in one such home-temple hybrid in Bukit Timah, killing two. These home-temples pose a fire hazard especially because it is common practice to leave candles burning overnight at the altars.

According to the Taoist Federation, there are “as many as 2,000 such temples around”, although how many of those are actually authorised by HDB or URA is yet unknown. What is known is that there are some home-temple operators who are not complying with any fire safety regulations because they are “complacent” or are simply unable to understand the fire safety regulations which are written in English. Nevertheless, the Taoist and Buddhist Federations have issued fire safety guidelines in the past.

In response to queries from ST, HDB said that the use of flats for “public worship” is strictly prohibited. Even private property owners require permission from URA if they want to convert their homes to places of worship – unless the conversion was done before the Planning Act was enacted in 1960. But these laws do not seem to directly address the problem of fire safety

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3 children rescued from fire at Admiralty flat

Admiralty Drive - Nov 16, 2013

Three children were rescued from a fire that was raging inside an Admiralty flat.

According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), they were alerted to the fire at 12.25pm today and arrived at the unit within five minutes.

SCDF said the unit located at Blk 356C Admiralty Drive was heavily smoked logged, and involved the contents of the living room and the kitchen. Firefighters had to force their way into the 7th floor flat. 

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3 men injured in incineration plant fire at Tuas

Incineration plant fire at Tuas - Nov 08, 2013

Three men were injured in a fire that broke out in an industrial building at Tuas on Friday evening.

According to a statement from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the fire broke out in an incineration plant at Tuas Avenue 10, and involved flammable chemicals.

SCDF officers received the call about the fire at about 5.17pm.

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Fire breaks out at industrial building along Tuas
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Female hawker suffers facial burns from suspected gas leak

Empress Mall - Nov 07, 2013

A female hawker in her 70s sustained facial burns when she attempted to cook at her stall at Empress Mall along Farrer Road this morning.

Madam Chan, owner of a neighbouring stall, told evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that a fire broke out due to a suspected gas leak at the stove the elderly woman used.

She also added that the injured hawker had rushed out from her stall with a 'blackened' face while wearing a partially burnt sarong.

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Flat on fire: Body of man found

Marine Crescent - Oct 29, 2013

The body of an elderly man was discovered by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) firefighters after they put out a fire at a Marine Crescent flat on Saturday morning.

The victim, who was in his 60s, was believed to have been partially blind and lived with his wife in the five-room flat at Block 27.

The SCDF received a call about the fire at 9.30am and arrived at the scene in three minutes, said a spokesman.

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Visually impaired man died in Marine Crescent fire

Marine Crescent - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013

She was at work on Saturday morning when her teenage daughter, who was on her way to school, called her.

Madam Faridah Sharif, 52, a clinic assistant, could hear the panic in her daughter Farhana's voice.

"She told me that there was a fire in our block," Madam Faridah recalled.

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Burning October claims yet another fire victim

Boon Lay Drive - Oct 29, 2013

October has been a month of raging fires and multiplying tragedies.

Yesterday, a 53-year-old man was found dead at the bottom of his Boon Lay Drive block of flats, making it the third death arising from a fire-related incident this month.

To put the number in context, there was only one fire-fuelled fatality through the whole of last year.

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Next-door neighbours didn't know about fire

BURNT: The fire at Block 338A, Tah Ching Road, was limited to the 19th-storey flat’s living room - Oct 25, 2013

The 71-year-old was already asleep when her son came to her room and roused her.

The unit next door was on fire, he said, and they had to leave.

Much like the retiree, who gave her name only as Madam Ho, most residents of Block 338A in Taman Jurong had no idea a fire was raging in the building and many were already in bed.

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Goodness gracious, great balls of fire

An image from SingTel of the scene of the fire and the engineers working to restore services - Oct 22, 2013

SingTel has got nothing on me. I caused the greatest fire hazard in history and nearly killed my father.

At a community fireworks display back in the 1980s, I threw what I believed to be a used, dead firework into a huge bonfire - only to discover quickly that it was an unused, very much alive, firework.

My father's backside made that discovery even faster. The firework shot out of the flames like, well, a firework, and raced for my father's groin.

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Four alive thanks to quick-thinking five

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 - Oct 21, 2013

It's probably the sound of traffic, thought Mr Gan Hwee Sun, 72.

He continued with his shower around 8am on Friday. Then one of his flatmates shouted in Hokkien: "Fire, fire!"

Mr Choon Siew Weng, 56, yelled that fire was raging near the front door of their one-room unit in Block 115, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4

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Fire at Whampoa coffee shop

BLAZE: The fire broke out at a chicken rice stall - Oct 20, 2013

A blaze started in a Whampoa coffee shop shortly after noon on Thursday, sending the lunchtime crowd running for safety.

The fire was quickly put out and no one was injured.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said the fire was believed to have started at one of the stalls before spreading into the ventilation system.

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SingTel, M1 and Starhub users experience outage after fire at SingTel building

SingTel building - Oct 09, 2013

A fire on Wednesday afternoon at SingTel's Bukit Panjang exchange has caused a partial outage in its fixed line voice, broadband and mobile services.

A SCDF firefighter who was responding to the fire tweeted at 3:41pm that there was a "big fire" at the SingTel's Bukit Panjang Telephone Exchange, which is located at 40 Woodlands Road.

SingTel said in an update on its Facebook and Twitter pages that "[they] are working to restore its services as soon as possible."

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Cleaners to the rescue in HDB flat fire in Ang Mo Kio

Mr Gan being helped to safety by the cleaners and some bystanders. He was having a shower when the fire broke out and escaped via a window with the flat’s other occupants. -- ST PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO - Oct 19, 2013

When a fire broke out in a second-floor Housing Board flat in Ang Mo Kio yesterday morning, its four residents were left with only one way out - through the kitchen window.

Thick flames had engulfed most of the one-room rental flat in Block 115, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 by then, and two residents leapt to the ground.

The other two, Mr Gan Hwee Sun, 72, and Ms Teo Siew Choo, 50, stood precariously on the window ledge until they were helped to the ground by Bangladeshi cleaners, using a ladder

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Wheelchair-bound woman, 92, dies in Owen Road flat fire
A 92-year-old woman died on Wednesday evening after her one-room flat in Owen Road caught fire. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
A 92-year-old woman died on Wednesday evening after her one-room flat in Owen Road caught fire. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN - Oct 2, 2013

A 92-year-old woman died on Wednesday evening after her one-room flat in Owen Road caught fire.

Madam P.Lakshmi, who was wheelchair-bound and lived with a maid, was alone at home at the time.

She had sent the maid to buy Panadol, her daughter-in-law Madam S. Pooranam told The Straits Times

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Mystery man helps put out car fire at Woodlands Checkpoint

Woodlands Checkpoint - Oct 2, 2013

Stomp contributor StarWriter was impressed by a man in civilian clothes who helped put out a fire at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Thanks to the man, the fire was extinguished quickly before the fire department arrived.

The contributor wrote: "Day hero who put out the fire of burning car.

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SMRT taxi catches fire outside JCube shopping mall
An SMRT taxi caught fire on Tuesday evening in front of Block 131 Jurong Gateway Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at 7.59pm and dispatched one fire engine, one Red Rhino, and two fire bikes. Upon arrival, the taxi's engine compartment was in flames, and the fire was extinguished within ten minutes. -- PHOTO: BENJAMIN TAN
An SMRT taxi caught fire on Tuesday evening in front of Block 131 Jurong Gateway Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at 7.59pm and dispatched one fire engine, one Red Rhino, and two fire bikes. Upon arrival, the taxi's engine compartment was in flames, and the fire was extinguished within ten minutes. -- PHOTO: BENJAMIN TAN - Aug 27, 2013

An SMRT taxi caught fire on Tuesday evening in front of Block 131 Jurong Gateway Road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at 7.59pm and dispatched one fire engine, one Red Rhino, and two fire bikes.

Upon arrival, the taxi's engine compartment was in flames, and the fire was extinguished within ten minutes

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Fire breaks out at Singapore Polytechnic; woman sent to hospital

A fire broke out at a food court in Singapore Polytechnic on Thursday evening at block T9, and one woman was sent to hospital with burns - Jul 19, 2013

A fire broke out at Singapore Polytechnic's Food Court 3 on Thursday evening. A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesperson said that the fire has been extinguished

This is the second fire to hit the polytechnic this week, and the second fire to hit a canteen at the education institute in the past year. Previously, a fire broke out at Food Court 4 on July 26, 2012.

Reuben, a witness to the fire, said he was alerted to the fire by his friends who posted photos on a WhatsApp group. He was studying in a classroom nearby, so he walked over to see what was going on.

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Fire at condo building site at Siglap


Thick black smoke filled the air as hundreds of workers scrambled out of a construction site.

The fire broke out yesterday afternoon at the building site of Flamingo Valley, a freehold condominium at Siglap.

A construction worker, who wanted to be known only as Mr Rubell, said there were about 300 workers at the site when the blaze started.

related: $5,000 set aside for Chinese New Year up in flames

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Fire at East Coast food centre leaves 4 stalls in tatters
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East Coast Lagoon Food Village - Jun 28, 2013

An early morning fire at East Coast Lagoon Food Village on Friday left four hawker stores completely damaged.

According to an article in The Straits Times Online, the fire affected stalls 54 to 57 which included drinks and food stalls, and one of the more famous satay stores in Singapore, Haron Satay.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they received a call at about 4:22 am

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Car on fire in Compassvale Link carpark

The remains of the car which caught fire on Tuesday night. Investigations are ongoing - Jun 15, 2013

Chaos reigned at a coffee shop in Sengkang on Tuesday night when a car caught fire in a nearby carpark.
Several customers ran frantically into the carpark at Block 267, Compassvale Link to retrieve their cars.

The fire began as Mr Simon Lim, 55, a part-time worker, was having supper at Vari Nice Coffeeshop on Compassvale Link.

He said: "There were taxi drivers and other people sitting and eating at the time. We heard the two loud explosions and people went to check it out."

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HDB flats designed with fire safety in mind
HDB flats - Nov 16, 2013

HDB flats are designed to meet the prevailing fire safety codes and requirements ("Backup fire exits in HDB flats?" by Ms Ada Chan Siew Foen; Forum Online, Oct 30; and "Improve fire safety in HDB flats" by Dr V. Subramaniam, Nov 4).

Each flat is designed to contain and minimise the spread of fire to other units. And all blocks are designed with exit staircases to facilitate safe evacuation, while fire escape routes such as corridors and stairways are well-ventilated for efficient smoke dispersal. Riser systems are also provided within the blocks for firefighting operations.

Residents play a critical role in preventing fire outbreaks.

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Update 30 Jan 2015: Maid in hospital after fire breaks out in flat
The inside of the 10th-floor flat in Serangoon North Avenue 4 after the blaze yesterday afternoon. The maid, who was alone in the flat at the time, was taken to hospital for treating smoke inhalation

A 10TH-FLOOR blaze at a Housing Board flat in Serangoon North left a maid in hospital yesterday.

The fire broke out at a unit in Block 506, Serangoon North Avenue 4, and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted just before 1.30pm. It took 10 minutes to put out the flames.

Neighbour Mary Heng told The Straits Times that she first thought someone was burning incense when she caught a whiff of smoke - then realised the flat next door was on fire when she heard the maid there crying.

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Man found dead after attacking neighbour with parang and setting his own flat on fire
Investigators working at a block in Marsiling where a man allegedly attacked two neighbours with a parang on Monday evening, before returning to his own flat and setting it on fire. -- PHOTO: WANBAO

A man allegedly attacked two neighbours with a parang on Monday evening, before returning to his own flat and setting it on fire.

He was later found dead by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) paramedics who had to force their way into his unit on the eighth floor of a housing block at 4 Marsiling Road.

The man who died in his flat had slashed his neighbour, a 63-year-old cleaner named Majid, and another 60-year-old female neighbour who tried to intervene.

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One injured in 10th floor Serangoon North fire

A woman was sent to hospital for suspected smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a 10th floor unit at Block 506, Serangoon North Avenue 4 on Tuesday afternoon (Jan 27).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 1.24pm and sent a fire engine, two fire bikes, a red rhino, an ambulance, as well as a support vehicle to the scene.

The fire involved contents of the unit's living room and was extinguished with a water jet within 10 minutes, according to the SCDF.

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At least one dead at Yuan Ching Road condo
At least one person was found dead at Park View Mansions at Yuan Ching Road on Friday (Jan 30)

The death has been classified as an "unnatural death" and foul play has not been ruled out, Channel News Asia understands.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force told Channel NewsAsia that they were alerted to the incident at 8am Friday, and despatched three ambulances to 9C Yuan Ching Road.

Three people were sent to the National University Hospital - a female in her 30s, a female Chinese in her 40s and a male Chinese in his 30s.

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Hotel Broadway catches fire, two men sent to hospital
A fire broke out on the ground floor of Hotel Broadway at Serangoon Road at about 5.10pm on Sunday (Jan 25)

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said two fire engines, two red rhinos, one ambulance and one support vehicle were dispatched to the scene.

According to SCDF, the fire started in the kitchen of a restaurant and was put out in 10 minutes using two water jets.

It said two men were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation. One was a 49-year-old restaurant staff who was sent to the Singapore General Hospital, while the 65-year-old man was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 

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Fire at Good Good's Eating House coffeeshop on 5 Guillemard Road

A fire broke out at a coffeeshop on 5 Guillemard Road earlier this evening.

No injuries were reported and flames were doused by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) by about 5.20pm.

Tenants at Good Good's Eating House, said that a cook from the stall selling Indonesian Ayam Penyet could have left the gas on.

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Explosions heard in Toa Payoh car park fire
A fire - involving three vehicles - broke out in a car park at Toa Payoh Lorong 1 early on Saturday (Jan 24) morning

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the fire at around 3am on Saturday. The fire, believed to have been started from one of the vehicles, was put out within 10 minutes after SCDF officers arrived at the scene. It added that no one was hurt.

An eyewitness, Miss Andrea Lek, told Channel NewsAsia she was sitting by the pool of her condominium, located behind the car park, when she heard two to three explosions.

She decided to go closer to find out what had happened. "We saw the embers and noticed it was a blazing fire." Miss Lek then called the police. "There were about another six to seven explosions. The SCDF and police got there within 10 minutes," she added.

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'Small fire' at Fitness First's Marina Bay Financial Centre outlet

A fire broke out at health club Fitness First Platinum, located on the 16th floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 3, this afternoon.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they received a call at 12.41pm regarding the "small fire", which originated in the women's sauna area and involved a heating element.

Two fire engines, a Red Rhino, two fire bikes, an ambulance and three support vehicles were despatched to the scene, but the fire had been extinguished by the health club's sprinkler system prior to the SCDF's arrival.

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Fire engine sinks partly into courtyard outside VivoCity

A fire engine was seen partly sunk into some broken tiles outside popular mall VivoCity on Monday evening.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that the vehicle was moving off after a fire safety inspection when its rear wheel sank into the courtyard outside the mall and dislodged several tiles. No one was injured.

Officers were seen unloading a hose from the fire engine on Monday evening. It is understood that water was drained from the vehicle to lighten it.

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Fire, ambulance calls on the rise: SCDF

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to 4,724 fire calls in 2014, an increase of 14.2 per cent compared to 2013.

In a press conference on Friday (Jan 30), the SCDF said that most of the fire incidences it responded to involved vegetation fires. Of the 2,888 residential fire calls, more than half of them involved rubbish chutes and bins. The number of ambulance calls also increased, rising 3.7 per cent to 155,781. More than 95 per cent of those calls were emergency calls.

The SCDF also conducted nearly 14,000 enforcement checks in 2014, issuing 3,348 Fire Hazard Abatement Notices (FHANs) and 3,069 Notice of Fire Safety Offence (NFSOs).

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Holy Smoke, So Many Fires!
Right wing of SQ368 on fire after emergency landing. Photo: Lee Bee Yee

A SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) flight enroute to Milan from Singapore this morning caught fire after being forced to make an emergency return to Changi Airport. All passengers are unharmed.

According to a statement by SIA, flight SQ368 took off at around 02.05am but had to turn back after pilots detected an engine warning. The Boeing 777-300ER safely landed at about 06.50am but its right wing went ablaze shortly after with all 222 passengers and 19 crew still onboard.

Airport emergency services were activated and put out the flames caused by a fuel leak. Passengers then disembarked via stairs with no one injured. SIA said that passengers will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan on the same day.

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Fire Fire Burn So Bright!
Firefighters putting out the blaze at the 3-storey warehouse leased by furniture dealer Winter International Group at 65 Sungei Kadut Loop yesterday morning. The SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at about 5am and found 3 people trapped on the rooftop and 4 on a 3rd-storey balcony. None of them was hurt and the cause of the fire is being investigated. PHOTO: SCDF

A group of workers had a narrow escape after fire tore through a 3-storey furniture warehouse at 65 Sungei Kadut Loop yesterday morning. 7 people found trapped on the premises had to be rescued before the metal roof of the building collapsed.

Delivery driver Aung Aung, 40, was asleep on the 3rd storey of the warehouse when he thought he heard thunder, as it was raining.

But the Myanmar national soon discovered that his workplace was engulfed in flames.


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