Saturday, 3 January 2015

Holy Smoke, So Many Fires!

Update 11 Oct 2016: SIA plane catches fire after making emergency landing
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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Singapore Airlines jet catches fire during emergency landing
Fire burns on the right wing of a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER aircraft originally bound for Milan in this still image taken from handout video, at Changi Airport in Singapore June 27, 2016

More than 240 people on board a Singapore Airlines flight on Monday had a narrow escape as their jet caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport here after it turned back en route to Milan but they were safely evacuated.

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Flight SQ368 departed from Changi Airport for Milan at 2.05am Monday but about two hours into the flight, the pilot announced that there was a problem in the engine and the flight had to turn back to Singapore.

The SIA said in a statement that flight SQ368 was en route from Singapore to Milan when an "engine oil warning message" forced it to turn back.

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Passenger Films Singapore Airlines Plane Catching Fire
The fire was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board

A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire Monday while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport after turning back from a flight to Milan following an engine oil warning message, the carrier said.

No one was injured aboard the Boeing 777-300ER, but one passenger described those moments as a "so-close to death" experience.

SIA said in a statement Flight SQ368 was en route from Singapore to Milan when an engine oil warning message forced it to turn back to the city-state.

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Singapore Airlines plane catches fire after emergency landing
Firefighters took about five to 10 minutes to extinguish the flames on the plane

A Singapore Airlines plane bound for Milan caught fire shortly after making an emergency landing.

Flight SQ368, which departed at 02:05 local time on Monday (18:00 GMT Sunday), was two hours into the flight when the pilot announced there was an engine problem.

The plane turned back and landed before the right engine of the Boeing 777 burst into flames.

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Narrow escape for workers as fire ravages Sungei Kadut warehouse
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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Fire breaks out at Jurong West, 300 residents evacuated

A fire broke out at a Jurong West coffee shop and wet market on Tuesday (Oct 11) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said on Facebook it was alerted to the fire at Block 493 Jurong West Street 41 at about 2.45am and dispatched three fire engines, four red rhinos, seven support vehicles and four ambulances to the scene.

Upon arrival, SCDF said both the wet market and coffee shop were "completely engulfed in flames". Firefighters then surrounded the fire with "six water jets and deployed an aerial monitor from a Combined Platform Ladder".

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JB-bound bus goes up in flames in Yishun
SMOKE: (Above) Advance Coach bus service AC7 in flames at Yishun Avenue 5. The inside and outside of the bus after the fire. PHOTOS: PHYLLICIA WANG, TWITTER/JAKACHUUU

When bus driver Sri Shanker, 42, looked in his rear-view mirror yesterday and saw smoke coming out of the vehicle, his first thought was the safety of his 6 passengers.

He immediately stopped the 42-seater bus, which was heading to Johor Baru via the Causeway, at a bus stop along Yishun Avenue 5, and told the passengers to alight.

"I was scared, I saw the smoke and quickly told the passengers to get off the bus," he told The New Paper.

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Warehouse fire out after 16hr battle
SCDF firefighters put out the flames around 0:6am yesterday after a 16.5-hour battle. No injuries were reported but a firefighter was taken to hospital with heat exhaustion and was discharged soon after. Sixty-seven people were evacuated from the $15 million building.ST FOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Firefighters finally managed to extinguish a blaze that engulfed the upper floors of a department store's headquarters yesterday morning, after a 16.5-hour battle.

Explosions and plumes of smoke were witnessed at the CK Building in Tampines after the fire broke out around 1:30pm on Wednesday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) put out the fire at about 0:6am yesterday.

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Two fires in one day at The Penny Black

A fire which broke out at The Penny Black on Thu (Jul 28) morning, and had been put out by firefighters, somehow reignited, forcing firemen to return later to extinguish it again.

At 10:00am, the first fire broke out at the pub on 27 Circular Road, along Boat Quay.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived within 20 minutes and put it out.

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Blaze at Compassvale Road: Mischief by fire
A fire broke out early this morning (July 20) in a four-room flat at Sengkang

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted at 4.15am and within five minutes, two fire engines, a Red Rhino, two ambulances and three support vehicles arrived at Block 257B Compassvale Road.

Firefighters had to force their way into the third-storey unit, and were able to extinguish the fire using two water jets within 30 minutes.

Police said that it was established that a case of mischief by fire had occurred.

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More than 20 residents evacuated from early morning fire at Sengkang flat

More than 20 residents were evacuated from their block after a fire broke out in a flat at Blk 257B Compassvale Road early Wednesday morning (July 20).

A man was conveyed to the Singapore General Hospital due to breathing difficulties.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they responded to the incident at around 4.15am and dispatched two fire engines, a Red Rhino, two ambulances and three support vehicles.

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Fire breaks out in JEM hours after agreement to situate HSR terminus in Jurong East is signed

Twitter user Andy shared the video of the shopping mall JEM being caught on fire late on Tuesday (19 Jul) evening. The fire is the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents which happened at the shopping mall.

The incident happened a mere hours after Singapore and Malaysia’s Prime Minister signed an agreement for the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR). The Singapore terminus of the HSR will be located at Jurong East.

Several Tweeters said that the fire happened in the basement of the mall and that shoppers were evacuated.

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10 people flee fire in Geylang shop
DAMAGED: The shop was charred after the fire (right) and a burning smell was still present.PHOTOS: TNP READER, CHERYL YING

He was driving home early on Wednesday morning to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri when he saw thick black smoke coming out from the first storey of a shop unit at Geylang Road.

"I was driving on the lane nearest the shop and the smoke covered half of the road," Mr Mizan Maslan, 33, told The New Paper yesterday.

The IT consultant immediately stopped in front of the shop, Lian Hup Seng Kee Trading Co.

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Fire ravages 7-Eleven shop at Circuit Road

A fire broke out at a shop unit at 36 Circuit Road early Sat morning (Jun 11), said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

The SCDF were alerted of the fire at 4:45am and sent a fire engine, two Red Rhinos, a support vehicle and an ambulance to the scene. The fire was put out within 10 minutes using a water jet, the spokesperson added.

About 20 residents were evacuated by the police, and no injuries were reported, SCDF said.

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Fire breaks out in 10th-storey unit of Geylang East condo
BURNING: A fire broke out in a 10th-storey unit at Simsville condo yesterday.FOTO: WILLIAM LAU

When the fire alarm in his condominium went off yesterday, he thought nothing of it as there had been false alarms previously.

But the alarm rang for 10 minutes this time, so retiree Lau Kok Leong, 65, decided to play it safe and he evacuated his 6th-storey unit with his wife and their maid.

He found out later that a fire had broken out in a 10th-storey unit at the Simsville condominium in Geylang East Avenue 2 at around 12:20pm.

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Duo arrested for allegedly setting fire to Senja Road flat

Two men, aged 35 and 44, have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a home at Block 632B Senja Road, the police said in a news release on Wednesday (Jun 1).

The incident came to light when a report on loanshark harassment was lodged on May 14, police said.

According to the police, the identities of the duo were established through ground enquiries and police cameras. They were subsequently arrested at Anchorvale Link on Tuesday

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Man sets himself on fire in Geylang carpark

A man in his 70s set himself ablaze with a can of flammable liquid at a Geylang carpark last night.

Witnesses said they had seen him carry the can to the carpark at the junction of Geylang Lorong 19 and Lorong Bachok at around 10pm yesterday.

He stood beside a TransCab taxi in a corner of the carpark, poured the liquid on himself and set himself alight.

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Fire in Marsiling flat is second in estate this month

Hotel security officer Poad Ashik, 57, was about to turn in at 9 am yesterday after a night at work when he smelled something burning.

He looked down from his kitchen window and saw smoke billowing out of the unit directly below.

A fire had broken out in a 12th-floor unit in Block 217, Marsiling Crescent - the 2nd fire in the estate this month.

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Fire breaks out at Rivervale Plaza

A fire broke out at the rooftop of Rivervale Plaza in Sengkang this morning (May 21).

According to The Straits Times, a ventilation exhaust duct had caught fire.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at 07:13am. They dispatched two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, four support vehicles and an ambulance to the scene.

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Debris falls from window of blazing Bedok North Road flat

A HDB flat at Block 117, Bedok North Road caught fire on Monday (May 16), causing debris to fall from a window.

Video footage of the incident that was sent by a reader to The Straits Times, shows debris falling from the 12th-storey flat.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne that it was alerted to the fire at 5.25pm. It added that the fire involved contents in the kitchen.

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Big fire at Shelford Road pre-school causes roof to collapse

Thank goodness the pre-school was not in session yet and no one was caught in it when a fierce fire broke out at its premises at Shelford Road this morning.

The fire at Pre-school By-The-Park erupted before sunrise, a few hours before the 9am starting time for its sessions for kids.

Ferocious flames engulfed the entire first floor of the three-storey building, causing a chunk of the roof to collapse.


Fire breaks out at Bukit Timah pre-school
A fire broke out at Pre-school By-The-Park in Shelford Road on Tuesday (May 17) morning. ST understands there were no casualties and the fire was put out by around 8am. FOTO: JOANNA SEOW

A fire broke out at Pre-school By-The-Park in Shelford Road on Tues morning. The Straits Times understands there were no casualties and the fire was put out by around 8am.

Mr Ma Xiu Yan, 66, a resident at the block of apartments behind the semi-detached unit, which houses the pre-school, said he was woken by the fire alarms in his building at around 7.30am and the residents evacuated to the ground floor of the complex.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was already on the scene putting the fire out.

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Parkway Parade retail mall closed 'until further notice' after fire
The Parkway Parade shopping mall will be closed until further notice after a fire broke out in a shop on Sunday (May 15).

In a FaceBook post on Monday night, Parkway Parade said that the development's mall will be closed 'till further notice' as it continues checks and rectification work. The office tower, as well as HSBC, DBS, UOB and Citibank located on Level 1 will remain open, it added.

The fire broke out late Sunday night in the store room of a unit on the second floor of the mall, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said. No injuries were reported, they added.

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4 affected by smoke inhalation after Hougang coffeeshop fire

Four people were affected by smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a coffeeshop at Block 246 Hougang Street 22 early on Tuesday (May 17).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that of the four, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. A six-year-old boy was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital. The fourth person refused to be taken to hospital, SCDF added.

A total of 82 residents were evacuated, either by themselves, or by police. 

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Man, 68, dies after fire at Hillview condo unit

An elderly man died and his wife needed surgery for her burns after a pre-dawn blaze at a Hume Avenue condominium unit yesterday.

Seven other members of the family, including the couple's two grandchildren aged 2 and 8, had to be rescued from their bedrooms as the fire spread quickly, and made it impossible for them to escape.

The couple's younger son, 29-yr-old Timothy Ng, climbed down from the window of the seventh-floor unit to the floor below, after failing to open the main door. He went back up to open the door from the outside, and helped his parents out of the burning unit.

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Fire at petrochemical plant rages for 5 hours
Smoke billowing from the fire at a facility on Jurong Island, as seen from Tuas South at 6.18pm. The burning tank was contained within a protective wall, so that two other nearby tanks would not be affected. ST FOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

A fire broke out at a US$2.4 billion (S$3.2 billion) petrochemical facility on Jurong Island around 3pm yesterday, causing a plume of smoke to stretch skyward from a burning oil tank containing about 20,000 barrels of light crude oil.

The smoke from the fire at a facility owned by the Jurong Aromatics Corporation (JAC) was visible even from the West Coast Highway on the mainland.

There were no casualties, but the fire raged on for 5 hours before it was put out by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).


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Explosions heard in Eunos Crescent flat fire, no one injured

Two loud explosions were heard in a fire that broke out at a Eunos Crescent unit on Thursday (April 7).

A 57-second-long video clip shared by Facebook user Asik Ali shows a few residents gathered at the corridor outside the burning unit.

They shouted to an elderly man who was standing outside the flat to step away as they heard a series of explosions.

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Two fires break out in separate Orchard Road incidents on Tuesday

Fires broke out in two Orchard Road hotels about 14 hrs apart from each other on Tues (Mar 16) – one on a roof of Marriott hotel at Tang Plaza and the other in a kitchen in Mandarin Orchard.

Subsequently, on Wednesday morning, a fire also broke out in a coffee shop in Bangkit Road.

While about 100 people were evacuated in the morning Tang Plaza fire with no reported casualties, five people were injured in the Mandarin Orchard fire that broke out about half an hour before midnight.

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Fire breaks out at Tang Plaza; no one hurt

About a hundred staff fled Tang Plaza yesterday after a fire broke out at around 9 am.

No one was injured in the blaze, which started on the 3rd-storey roof above the building's side entrance, facing Lucky Plaza.

The Orchard Road building houses the Singapore Marriott Hotel and Tangs department store.

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1 injured, 350 evacuated after fire breaks out at Mandarin Orchard

A man was injured and 350 hotel guests were evacuated after a fire broke out at the Mandarin Orchard on Tue night (Mar 15).

Two Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at around 11.40pm. It sent two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, four support vehicles and two ambulances to the scene.

The injured man is a 69-yr-old Caucasian who suffered injuries to his left arm and a minor head injury. He was taken to Singapore General Hospital, SCDF said.

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Man in freak aromatherapy fire suffered 80 per cent burns to body

An engineer who was trying to light two aromatherapy diffusers in his master bedroom toilet unknowingly ignited vapours from "essential oils", causing a flash fire, a coroner's court heard yesterday.

Mohammad Rizalludin Hassan, 34, suffered 2nd-degree burns to 80 per cent of his body from the blaze last year. He died in hospital 9 days later.

Details of the Oct 13 fire emerged on the first day of the coroner's inquiry into his death.

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Small fire at Carl's Jr restaurant in Marina Square

A small fire occurred at a Carl's Jr outlet, located on the 1st floor of Marina Square mall around 6pm yesterday. No one was injured in the incident.

The Marina Square mall fire safety officers put out the fire immediately before the S'pore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel arrived, said a spokesman for Marina Centre Holdings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Only the kitchen equipment in the restaurant was damaged. Other parts of the mall were unaffected.

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Man who set fire in Afro Asia Building office and left woman to die gets 10 years' jail

A 71-yr-old taxi driver, who hit his lawyer's wife on the head with a bicycle chain and set fire to the law office with her still inside, was on Friday (Apr 1) sentenced to the maximum 10 yrs' jail.

Govindasamy Nallaiah, who was in a fee dispute with the lawyer, was charged originally with murder but eventually found guilty in February by the High Court of a lesser charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

He originally faced life imprisonment or death for murder when, in a very rarely invoked provision, he was charged with committing an act he knew was "so imminently dangerous that it must in all probability cause death".

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Afro Asia Building 2011 fire: 71-year-old man sentenced to 10 years’ jail

The 71-yr-old man who hit his lawyer's wife with a chain and padlock before setting the office in Afro Asia Building on fire while she was still inside was sentenced to 10 years' jail today (Apr 1).

Govindasamy Nallaiah was originally charged with murder under Section 300(d) of the Penal Code, a rarely-invoked provision that carries a death penalty or life imprisonment.

But the High Court eventually convicted him of a reduced charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in February, which carries instead, the maximum sentence of 10 years' jail. He cannot be caned as he is above 50 yrs old.

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2 dead, 5 injured in fire at house near Kovan

An early morning fire razed a two-storey house along Parry Ave in Yio Chu Kang on Tuesday morning.

Two people perished in the blaze and five other people were injured.

According to a report by Lianhe Wanbao, there were a total of 10 occupants in the house when the fire broke out. The two dead victims were the wife of the house owner, who is a businessman, and a middle-aged Caucasian man, who was a business partner with the latter.

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Car engulfed in flames as engine catches fire on CTE

A car was engulfed in flames on the CTE towards the SLE after Jalan Bahagia at around 4.33pm today (Feb 17).

Stompers Kavitha, Carol, Bert and John saw the burning vehicle as they were driving and alerted Stomp to it.

Kavitha and Bert sent Stomp photos of the incident while Carol and John sent us videos of the fire.

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Woman escapes fire, but goes back for mobile phone

She was asleep in her terrace house when a fire broke out on the third storey yesterday morning.

She managed to escape with the maid, but when she realised she had left her mobile phone behind, she rushed back in. It was a mistake.

The fire had spread and covered the house with smoke and she was lucky to make it out alive.

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Stove burns 95 per cent of food stall owner's face

He never expected to spend Chinese New Year in a hospital.

Last Sunday, on the eve of Chinese New Year, Mr Chiok Tiong Kwee's Fo Shou Vegetarian Food stall in Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre caught fire.

The 66-year-old suffered burns on 95 per cent of his face.

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Fewer fire deaths last year

Four people died in fires last year, half of the fire deaths in 2014.

These figures were revealed on Thursday (Feb 18) by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) during the release of their annual statistics.

The number of emergency medical services calls continued to rise with 165,853 calls, or more than 450 per day, being received. This is 6.5 per cent more calls received compared with 2014.

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Fire breaks out at flat in Bedok Reservoir Road

An electrical short circuit is believed to have sparked a fire in a Bedok Reservoir Road flat that left its facade charred yesterday.

No one was injured in the fire, which was extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) using two water jets.

The fire started in the first-storey unit and "involved the contents of a bedroom", according to the SCDF, which was alerted to the incident just after 12.30pm.

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Bukit Batok fire incident – Car suddenly burns after loud explosion

A car suddenly caught fire along Bukit Batok East Ave 6, causing severe traffic jam in that area for about 30 minutes. Channel 8 News reported that a loud explosion was heard before the fire started, and that gasoline was leaking from the burning car.

Witnesses described the fire as being “scary”.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded quickly to put out the raging fire. The firemen initially used water to put out the fire. Realising eventually that water is not going to put out fire caused by derivatives of crude oil like petrol, engine oil and power-steering fluid, the fire-fighters switched to a foam-based extinguisher to bring the fire under control.

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Fire raging at Punggol Waterway – illegal fire crackers the cause?

Joe Mei posted a picture in Facebook of a fire raging in Punggol Waterway.

Amos Koh posted about how big the fire may be. He is able to view it from his flat. Others commenters on the post expressed concern and also called for help.

Danial Kaisar said that he was at the benches with his bike when he saw some youths playing with what looks like fire crackers. He posted a video and asked if that was the reason for the fire at Punggol Waterway.


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Massive blaze at Toa Payoh factories

A massive blaze ripped through two factories early Friday (Jan 29) morning at a Toa Payoh industrial area.

The fire started at about 2.25am at 11 Toa Payoh Industrial Park and involved a paper product factory, which contained cardboard boxes, and a laundry factory.

Two fire engines, three Red Rhinos, one ambulance and eight supporting vehicles were sent to the scene.

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Off-duty firemen put out Causeway Point fire

A fire broke out at a food court in Causeway Point this morning (Jan 26), and the men who saved the day turned out to be off-duty firefighters.

The eight Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personel - an officer and seven National Servicemen - were having breakfast after their 24-hour shift when they saw excessive smoke coming from one of the stalls, SCDF said in a Facebook post.

When they approached the stall and found the stove on fire, they quickly evacuated the staff and members of the public to safety.

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Fire breaks out at Kent Vale

A fire involving contents from a bedroom broke out at the Kent Vale serviced apartments on Monday morning (Jan 25), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said. No injuries were reported, it added.

In a Facebook post, the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Students' Union's publication, The Ridge Magazine, reported NUS Security Manager Loh Kim Hock as saying that the two occupants of the unit were unharmed.

The SCDF said it was alerted to the incident along Clementi Road at 11.25am, and dispatched two fire engines, a Red Rhino, a support vehicle and an ambulance to the scene.


Queenstown flat catches fire after owner leaves fan on to keep pet dogs cool

The owner of a Housing Board flat in Queenstown, who allegedly kept the fan in his home switched on to ensure his two pet dogs could keep cool in the heat, had his plan backfire on Saturday (Jan 16) evening.

The three-room unit on the eighth floor of Block 169 Stirling Road ended up catching fire, forcing 20 residents from nearby units to evacuate the area for nearly an hour.

The owner, a man in his 40s, said he had switched on the fan before leaving his house as the weather was hot and he wanted his dogs to be comfortable.


Christmas tree catches fire at Orchard Road

A Christmas tree along Orchard Road caught fire on Wednesday evening (Dec 2). No one was injured in the incident.

Photos and videos on social media showed the burning Christmas decoration outside Knightsbridge mall at the popular shopping belt. The flames appeared to be at least two storeys high.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the fire at about 9.05pm and when its personnel arrived, security guards in the area had already put out the flames.

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Fire at Lucky Plaza restaurant

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers (above) on the second floor of Lucky Plaza, where they put out a lunchtime fire yesterday at an Indonesian restaurant using three water jets, and an SCDF support vehicle and two fire engines outside the building.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Orchard Road mall Lucky Plaza was anything but yesterday as a fire broke out in a restaurant, causing the building to be evacuated - the latest in a string of incidents to hit the shopping street this month.

Shopkeepers told The Straits Times how they fled along with customers as black smoke billowed from the kitchen of an Indonesian restaurant on the second floor.

No one was injured, and the lunchtime fire was put out by the Singapore Civil Defence Force using three water jets,


Owner abroad, fire breaks out in flat
DAMAGE: (Left) The fire, which was believed to have originated from an air-conditioning unit, left the living room covered in soot. Police locking up the flat, which the SCDF had to force their way in to fight the fire.TNP PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO

Mr Lee Bon Huan, 62, had just returned from his daily morning walk at Punggol Waterway, yesterday.

But as he exited the lift to head to his flat on the 13th storey, there was an acrid smell in the air.

When he saw black smoke coming from the corridor near his corner unit flat, he thought his flat was on fire. Past air-con fires
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Christmas decorations on Orchard Road catch fire again

This is the second fire involving Christmas decorations along the shopping belt in over a week. Last week, a tree outside the Knightsbridge mall went up in flames.

Just over a week after a large Christmas tree went up in flames spectacularly along Orchard Road, another piece of street decor caught fire.

This time, the fire involved decorations tied to a street lamp outside Peranakan Place. A witness, Jonathan Ng, who is a JC student, saw the fire raging at about 9.10pm on Thursday (Dec 10) and said "everyone was taking photos".

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More inspections on festive decorations to be conducted, after second fire on Orchard Road

More inspections of Christmas decorations on Orchard Road will be conducted in the wake of a second fire involving them in the popular shopping belt this month, said the Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) on Friday. (Dec 11)

On Thursday (Dec 10) night, a piece of decoration tied to a street lamp outside Peranakan Place, near Somerset MRT, caught fire. This was barely a week after a Christmas tree outside Knightsbridge mall went up in flames on Dec 2.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call about the fire at 8.57pm on Thursday, and quickly extinguished it upon arrival using one water jet and one compressed air foam backpack. There were no reported injuries in both incidents.

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Man found dead after fire in Redhill Lane flat
A man in his 60s died after a fire broke out on Nov 19 at Block 78 Redhill Lane. Undertakers seen removing the body.ST PHOTO: LIM YI HAN

A man in his 60s died after a fire broke out on Thursday (Nov 19) morning at Block 78 in Redhill Lane.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to a fire at about 8am. Firefighters had to force open the main door of the one-room flat on the fourth floor.


The fire burnt a bed in the bedroom, said SCDF, and a body was found in the bedroom and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Car catches fire at Serangoon North; no injuries reported

A car caught fire at 102 Serangoon North Avenue 1 on Sunday afternoon (Nov 29). No injuries were reported.

The incident was caught on video, where the front of a stationary blue-coloured sedan could be seen burning at the zebra crossing of the traffic junction.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at about 5.20pm, and its officers put out the flames within 10 minutes. SCDF added that the fire involved the engine compartment of the car.

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Fire breaks out at Ang Mo Kio MRT station on Wednesday morning

A fire broke out at Ang Mo Kio MRT station early Wednesday (Nov 25) morning, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at 5.50am and dispatched two fire engines, two red rhinos, an ambulance and six support vehicles to the scene.

The fire was put out using two 9kg fire extinguishers

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Tampines 1 evacuated after car fire in basement
Cleaners are seen sweeping away the water in the Tampines One carpark after the fire was put out.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

More than 200 shoppers and tenants at Tampines One were evacuated after a car caught fire in the basement of the shopping mall early Friday afternoon.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted at 1.10pm.

Firefighters at the scene found the source of the fire to be a Mini Cooper parked at basement two, and extinguished it within 10 minutes.

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Afro Asia Building trial: Lawyer heard his wife scream in burning office

Lawyer Rengarajoo Rengasamy Balasamy opened the door of his smoke-filled sixth-floor office and shouted his wife's name twice. At about the same time, he heard her scream.

Struggling to breathe and hearing shouts for him to get out from a crowd outside the unit at the Afro Asia Building in Robinson Road, he left and called the police.

Later on Aug 10, 2011, the charred body of his wife, Madam Low Foong Meng, 56, was found by firemen.

related: 2 injured, 250 evacuated after fire breaks out at Far East Plaza

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Two injured in fire at Far East Plaza
Two people were injured after a fire broke out at Far East Plaza this evening (Oct 24), and some 250 people were evacuated from the building

The fire was located in the storeroom of a sports shop at level two of the building, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

The 20-year-old woman, a staff at the sports shop, suffered burns on both her palms, while a 50-year-old man sprained his ankle and had smoke inhalation. Both were sent to Singapore General Hospital, said SCDF.

Both were trying to stop the fire before the SCDF arrived, reported Channel NewsAsia.

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White Lamborghini catches fire at Teban Gardens Crescent

A white Lamborghini went up in flames along Teban Gardens Crescent in West Coast on Monday (Oct 5).

According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the fire occurred at around 12.30pm. A seven-second video clip of the incident recorded by a passer-by shows a rather violent fire engulfing the car in thick black smoke.

Although the cause of the fire was not specified, SCDF said that the fire involved a compartment of the car’s engine.

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Man jailed four months for setting own home on fire
Koh Chong Huat was jailed for four months for causing a fire to break out in his flat at Choa Chu Kang Drive on Aug 1. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

A man was sentenced to four months' jail on Tuesday (Oct 6) for causing a fire to break out in his own home two months ago.

Koh Chong Huat,44, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing mischief by fire at Block 688A Choa Chu Kang Drive.

The court heard that at about 6.15pm on Aug 1, 2015, Koh, a taxi driver, had a quarrel with his wife in their 12th floor unit.

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LOCAL HEROINE ALERTS RESIDENTS OF HOUSE FIRE, SAVES LIVES OF RESIDENTS

Mrs Wong was in her living room when she heard panicked knocking on the door of her terrace home.

She hurried to the door with her son and her maid and saw a lady screaming that there was a fire in a nearby house.

Stepping out of her home, Mrs Wong got the shock of her life when she saw a huge fire which had engulfed her neighbor's house just 2 doors away.

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Tampines fire: Trapped woman screams for help
SAFE: The woman who was trapped in the burning flat was rescued and taken to hospital for smoke inhalation

She was about to take a bath when she smelled something burning.

Thinking it was the haze, she stepped out of the bathroom to close the windows of the maisonette where she works, but saw that the sky was quite clear.

So she peered downstairs, expecting to see people burning joss paper at the foot of her block.

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2 killed after fire breaks out at Geylang apartment used as makeshift illegal dormitory for 34 tenants

The two foreign workers were asleep in their room when a fire broke out in the adjacent room. Even as fellow occupants of their illegal dormitory yelled and made for the exit, the two Bangladeshis remained unaware of the impending danger in their bunk.

Before long, they were overcome by toxic fumes and smoke. By the time Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers found the two construction workers in the burning apartment, they were motionless and unresponsive.

One of them was still lying on the lower bunk of his bunk bed while the other was on the floor after his attempt to escape had failed. Mr Mamun Abdullah All, 20, and Mr Hosen Ali, 22, were pronounced dead minutes later on April 3.

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Big fire at Jalan Papan vehicle repair plant
Fire at vehicle repair plant at Jalan Papan was put out by firefighters finally after two hours

About 80 officers and a long convoy of their vehicles rushed to a vehicle repair plant after it caught fire apparently after midnight.

Several heavy vehicles were found burning furiously at the heavy vehicles repair plant at Jalan Papan when firefighters arrived at the scene.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it deployed four fire engines, two Red Rhinos, 16 supporting vehicles, one ambulance and two unmanned firefighting machines after it was alerted to the incident at 12.56am this morning.

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Fire breaks out in bedroom of Hougang flat
A fire broke out at a HDB unit in Hougang on Friday (July 3)

Passersby who witnessed the raging fire visible through a window sent in their clips to The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia.

According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the fire started in the bedroom of the ninth-floor unit of Block 699B on Hougang Street 52.

The spokesperson for the SCDF said it received a call at 5.40pm. Fire engines, a Red Rhino, two fire bikes and a support vehicle were dispatched, along with an ambulance.

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Fire at Albert Centre, SCDF evacuates about 30
No one was injured in a fire at Albert Centre Market and Food Centre on June 14

A fire that broke out today afternoon (June 14) at the popular Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, near to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Waterloo Street, had the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) evacuate about 30 people from the second level.

SCDF said that it was alerted to the fire at about 4.20pm. It dispatched two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, four support vehicles and an ambulance. Responders arrived at the site within eight minutes, it said.

The fire involved about 20m of the exhaust ducting, or mechanical ventilation ducting, on the second storey.

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Car catches fire near Ang Mo Kio mosque

A car caught fire near Al-Muttaqin Mosque at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 on Friday evening (May 22). 

Mr Kevin Lim, who called MediaCorp's hotline (68 22 22 68), said he had been on his way to dinner at Sin Ming Road at around 8.15pm when he noticed heavy smoke coming from the road near the mosque. He then heard a loud explosion, and saw people fleeing the scene.


"While I was still in the area, I saw an ambulance and a fire engine arrive. By the time I drove by the site of the incident, the fire had been put out, there was a traffic controller and the car had been burnt till it was black," said Mr Lim.

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Car catches fire outside Rivervale Plaza; no injuries reported

A raging fire involving a car was spotted outside Rivervale Plaza in Sengkang on Monday evening (Jun 15). 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at 7.17pm, and dispatched a fire engine and a Red Rhino. The fire was extinguished using a water jet and no injuries were reported, SCDF said. 

It added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Large truck catches fire along AYE

A mobile concrete pump truck caught fire along the Ayer Rajah Expressway towards Central Expressway, after the Jalan Boon Lay exit, on Monday night (May 11). 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at about 9.40pm, and sent a fire engine. The fire was extinguished with two water jets, SCDF added. 


Viewer Huzaifa Siddiqui sent in dramatic pictures showing the vehicle ablaze. 

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Fire in HDB flat at Woodlands Circle, no one injured

Some 30 residents were evacuated after a fire broke out in an HDB flat at Woodlands Circle on Sunday (Jul 5) evening.

SCDF said the fire was confined to a bedroom unit on the fifth floor of Block 745. No one was injured.


An SCDF spokesman said they were alerted to the fire at 11.52pm and responded immediately to the call. He said one fire engine, two Red Rhinos and a supporting vehicle were despatched to the scene.

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Police arrest man involved in setting fire to two flats

Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection to the loan shark harassment case in which the gates of two flats at Block 272 Toh Guan Road were set on fire.

The police said in a statement on Tuesday (June 16) that officers established the identity of the suspect with the aid of police cameras in the vicinity of the incident, and arrested the man in Toa Payoh Lorong 5 on Monday at about 5.20pm.

Loan shark-related "paraphernalia" such as cans of paint, bicycle chain locks and marker pens were seized during the arrest.

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Man set Marsiling flat on fire after slashing others
The third floor of the block in Marsiling was sealed off by police officers. Photo: Goh Chiew Tong/Channel NewsAsia

He had pulled a kitchen knife on a 60-year-old neighbour and managed to slash her cheek. But as quickly as he attacked volunteer worker Ng Yee Way, Tan Ban Huat let her go and told her to run away.

The peculiar behaviour of Tan, an unemployed man who slashed two neighbours before he shut himself in his home and set fire to it on Jan 26, emerged in a coroner’s hearing yesterday (July 15).

After the 57-year-old let Ms Ng go, he headed up to the 13th floor of his block of flats in Marsiling, the court heard. He attempted to leap down, but could not fit into the wall gap.

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Bush fire reported at Pulau Ubin

The fire that broke out at Pulau Ubin yesterday (Jun 24) has been extinguished.

Channel NewsAsia understands that the fire was raging from as early as 9.15pm, and was estimated to be covering an area twice the size of a football field. 


At least 10 officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived at Pulau Ubin, where they were escorted by Police Coast Guard to the fire site near Ketam Bike Trail. 

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Two Jurong East flats set on fire

LOAN sharks who were likely deterred by closed-circuit television cameras outside a debtor's home resorted to setting fire to his neighbours' homes instead, residents said.

They were suspected of torching the gates of two families at Block 272, Toh Guan Road to put pressure on the debtor, who is believed to live one floor below the two units.

The two families living in the Jurong East housing block were asleep while the fire was raging outside their homes early on Saturday morning, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

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'Lives could have been lost' as loan sharks set fire to flats

An SCDF spokesman said the fire was extinguished by the time they arrived.

The police said they were informed about the incident at 12.08am on Saturday.

The incident has been classified as a case of suspected unlicensed moneylending harassment by fire.

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Orchard MRT shuttered for more than an hour after fire alarm triggered

Access to malls from Orchard MRT station were cut off for more than an hour on Sunday evening (Jul 5) after the fire alarm went off and the shutters at the station's exits went down.

According to a Channel NewsAsia reporter at the scene, entrances to the basement levels of malls including ION Orchard, Wheelock Place and TANGS Orchard were sealed off from about 7.10pm, after the fire alarm sounded.


A security guard from SMRT told Channel NewsAsia that it was a false alarm and that members of the public could enter ION Orchard from street level. The passages re-opened at about 8.30pm.

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Fire at Yio Chu Kang house kills 2 and injures 6 others

A fire broke out at a house in Yio Chu Kang early on Tuesday morning (June 9), killing two people and injuring six others.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at Parry Avenue at about 3am.

Firefighters arrived to find the fire engulfing the house and burning through the roof. They used four water jets to extinguish it at 4.30am, and two other water jets to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

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Teenager saved his grandmother

A teenager's quick thinking saved his 80-year-old grandmother when a fire broke out in their flat at McNair Road on Saturday afternoon.

The 19-year-old, identified by his surname Lim, was home with his grandmother, who uses a wheelchair, and the maid when he heard a loud "bang".

The windows in the house on the third floor of Block 110 McNair Road shook from the force, he said.

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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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Wheelchair-bound woman, 92, dies in Owen Road flat fire
Maid sets house on fire with boy in it


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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Three injured in industrial blaze at Tanjong Penjuru

A fire broke out at 21 Tanjong Penjuru on Friday night (Mar 6), resulting in three casualties, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a news release.

Three Chinese men were conveyed to the Singapore General Hospital, said SCDF. One sustained serious burn injuries, another sustained burn injuries and the third was conveyed to the hospital as a precautionary measure. 


SCDF said it was alerted to a case of fire at the location at 8.53pm and dispatched three fire engines, three Red Rhinos, ten supporting vehicles, two ambulances and an Unmanned Firefighting Machine to the scene. 

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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.

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Fire at Tuas factory, no one hurt

A fire broke out at a factory in Tuas on Sunday (Jan 4) afternoon. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 23 Tuas View Circuit at 2.42pm.

SCDF said it has dispatched three fire engines, one Red Rhino and five supporting vehicles. Two foam jets were used to extinguish the fire, which covered an area of about five metres by two metres. No injuries were reported.


SCDF added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. No details were given about the factory.

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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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Huge fire damages vehicles in Whampoa car park

A series of explosions and a huge fire occurred at an open car park in Whampoa on Tuesday evening, shocking onlookers.

Two separate videos of the incident was taken by the editor-in-chief of local news site Singapore Business Review and uploaded onto YouTube. The two short clips showed the fire damaging some of the parked vehicles and onlookers reacting in shock.

According to SBR editor Tim Charlton, Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel arrived at the scene and put out the fire in 20 minutes.

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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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Flat in Tampines St 43 caught fire, residents evacuated
A fire broke out on New Year's day at a Housing Board flat in Tampines Street 43, reported The Straits Times

A spokesman for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were notified about the incident at the 11th storey flat in Blk 496C at 1.24pm when residents saw black smoke spewing out from the unit.

Two fire engines, one red rhino, an ambulance and a support vehicle rushed to the scene.

When SCDF officers arrived at the unit, they found that it was locked and had to force their way with breaking tools. Apparently the occupiers of the flat were out of town, reported The New Paper.

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Fire at Tuas factory, no one hurt
Video shows fire at Tuas factory

A fire broke out at a factory in Tuas on Sunday (Jan 4) afternoon. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 23 Tuas View Circuit at 2.42pm.

SCDF said it has dispatched three fire engines, one Red Rhino and five supporting vehicles. Two foam jets were used to extinguish the fire, which covered an area of about five metres by two metres. No injuries were reported.


SCDF added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. No details were given about the factory.

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Bedroom fire at Tampines St 43 flat
The sight of thick black smoke billowing from an 11th storey flat in Tampines caused alarm on New Year's Day (Jan 1)

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was tipped off to the fire at Block 496C, Tampines Street 43 at 1.24pm. Its officers had to force their way into the flat.

The fire had broken out in a bedroom and was extinguished with one water jet. Our reporter on the scene tweeted that it was brought under control by about 1:50pm. She said the two apartments directly above the affected unit had soot marks after the blaze was put out.

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers had to force their way into the 11th storey flat. No one was home at the time.

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SCDF steps up fire-safety enforcement checks
Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF) Enforcement Department conducted fire safety checks at public entertainment outlets and shopping centres at Bugis, Sengkang and Chinatown

The checks were part of SCDF's yearly stepped-up enforcement checks, an SCDF statement today said.

SCDF officers detected fire safety violations such as non-functioning exit lights, obstruction of common passageways and exit doors, and staircases being used as storage areas.

"Such violations would impede the safe evacuation of people during an emergency," the statement said.

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Fire breaks out at Everton Park flat
Residents in the area had evacuated their homes as the fire raged at the 12th storey of 2 Everton park

When he walked out to take a look, Mr Ling Wu Ming saw thick, black smoke billowing out of a 12th storey window which looked familiar.

It turned out to be his flat, which he shared with his wife.

"I went up and found my wife standing in the corridor, outside the flat," Mr Ling, 76, told The New Paper.

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Fire guts Syed Alwi shophouse
The fire broke out on the second level of the shophouse, which was occupied by a KTV lounge called Happy Villa. No one was hurt in the blaze

A fire broke out on the second level of a shophouse in Syed Alwi at about 3.20am yesterday.

No one was hurt.

Its occupier, a KTV lounge called Happy Villa, was about to close when the fire broke out, said an eye witness, Ms Liu, who was working in a restaurant nearby. She declined to give her full name.

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4 killed in Geylang fire: Man dies after saving others

It is Singapore's worst fire in 10 years.

Four men were killed after a blaze broke out at a Geylang Lorong 4 shophouse just after 1am on Saturday.

Eight were injured, including two firemen.

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4 Malaysians killed in Geylang hostel fire in Singapore

Four Malaysians, all working as cleaners, were killed in a fire at a workers hostel in Geylang, Singapore early Saturday.

Three of them - males aged between 37 and 50 - died at the scene while the fourth male was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital. They were believed to have suffocated.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were informed of the fire at 1.40am.
An official from the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore said the victims were identified from their identity cards and passports.

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Fire broke out in Geylang shophouse; no one injured
A Stomp reader Niceboh saw SCDF personnel racing to put out a blaze that spanned a few shophouses in Geylang Lorong 8 at 7pm on Oct 29

The Stomp contributor was impressed with the firefighters' efficiency, and wanted to praise them for their efforts.

Said Niceboh: "Once again our SCDF heroes in action. I saw this incident at 7pm today.

"Fire engines, ambulance, police cars with siren on all can be seen here, but no idea if anyone got hurt in this incident.

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'Our lives are more important'
SHOCKED: (Inset) Ms Melody. The fire began in one of the bedrooms of the three-room flat on the second storey

She had plans to go home for a holiday, but a fire destroyed that.

Ms Melody, a Filipina who works at the Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home, was eating in the living room when she noticed smoke coming out of her bedroom in the three-room flat.

Together with five others, Ms Melody rents a second-storey flat at Block 1, Jalan Bukit Merah. Around 4pm yesterday, she was home with two others when fire gutted her bedroom, which she shares with another woman.

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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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Fire breaks out at Capitol Building

A fire broke out at Capitol Building, which is undergoing construction, at around 3.15pm yesterday.

A Stomp reader who was at the scene told the citizen journalism website that traffic was being diverted away from the area.

He said he was driving along Victoria Street when he heard a loud popping sound.

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Fire at Syed Alwi Road shophouse, no injuries reported

A fire broke out at a shophouse along Syed Alwi Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Dec 16).

No casualties or injuries were reported.

According to a statement by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), officers was alerted to the fire at around 3.40am.

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15-year-old boy hospitalised after flat wrecked by fire

A teenager was left injured on Thursday afternoon after a fire erupted in a housing board flat in Hougang.

According to an SCDF spokesperson, officers were alerted to the incident at a block along Hougang Street 11 at 3.29pm. Residents from six floors were evacuated.

Upon arrival, SCDF personnel had to force open the metal gate of the house to rescue the boy. He was conveyed to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

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Teens set fire to door after staring incident
Three teens were so fired up over a staring incident that they cooked up a plan to burn down the front door of the person who stared at one of them

In court yesterday, Loo, 19, who faced five charges, including mischief by fire with common intention, admitted to playing a role in setting Adam's front door on fire on April 1 last year.

The trio went to Adam's flat at Jurong West at about 2am on April Fool's Day, but they were not planning friendly pranks.

Loo poured lighter fluid on the main door while Joe, who has been convicted and sentenced, started the fire with a cooking lighter.

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Tenant shaken by morning fire

He was asleep in his flat, but the smell of smoke shook him from his slumber.

Angry flames were leaping up in his bedroom and he tried to put them out with buckets of water. When that failed, he rushed to his neighbour's flat for help, but the apartment could not be saved.

At about 10am yesterday, fire broke out in a third-storey flat at Block 322, Hougang Avenue 5

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Man dies after suffering serious burns

The 42-year-old Singaporean who set himself on fire on Saturday has succumbed to his injuries at about 10pm here last night.

The victim was in critical condition and had suffered more than 90 per cent burns to his body.

The Singapore consulate here has been alerted and preparations are being made to repatriate the victim's remains back to the island republic.

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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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Cigarette embers likely cause of fatal Marina Bay condo fire

The blaze on the 65th floor of Marina Bay Suites on Jan 13, which killed two security guards, was an accidental one and no foul play is suspected, a coroner's inquiry heard on Friday.

It had most likely started when cigarette embers ignited a trashbag of sawdust at the fireman's lift lobby there, said a police investigation report submitted to the court.

The fire then sustained itself on other materials and equipment nearby, including boxes and tins of paint. The lobby was next to one of the condominium's penthouse units, which was then undergoing renovation by workers from four different firms. Only 26 of the condominium's 221 units were occupied at the time.

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Rifle Range Road fire: Dad's attempt to save son ends in death embrace
The fire, which occurred at a semi-detached house at Jalan Gaharu, off Rifle Range Road, last November, had started at about 4am

Metres from safety, he could have fled from the burning house.

Instead, he covered his nose with a grey cloth, armed himself with a small black torch and dashed into the flames to save his son. Both did not make it out alive.

When the fire was put out, the father was found on top of his son, in a tragic embrace.

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Two dead in Bukit Timah house fire believed to be Malaysian father and son
The bodies of two males discovered at the scene of a fire in Bukit Timah are believed to be a father and son from Malaysia

The bodies of two males were discovered by firefighters after they put out a fire at a Bukit Timah terrace house which started in the early hours of Sunday morning. The two dead people are believed to be a father and son from Malaysia. - See more at: 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.

SCDF said that "fire involved the contents of the unit" and that the fire was brought under control within 15 minutes

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3 children rescued from fire at Admiralty flat

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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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

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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3 men injured in incineration plant fire at Tuas
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.

The statement added that the fire affected an area approximately the size of two football fields. The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes, but firefighting operations were still ongoing as of 8.55pm to put out pockets of fire in the area.

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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.

Within six minutes, the firefighters put out the fire, which had started at a prayer altar in the living room

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Firefighters respond to fire in Pending Road HDB flat

The fire involved items in the living room of the second floor unit, and it was extinguished with two waterjets, said the SCDF in a statement.

Fire broke out at a second floor unit at block 123 Pending Road this morning.

SCDF extinguished the fire within 10 mins using 2 water jets. There were no injuries.

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Paya Lebar fire: Retiree thought fire call was a joke

Her neighbour had told her that her house was on fire. But the retiree thought she was joking.
When she insisted it was true, Madam Lau Tak Yin began to worry.

"I was so frightened and nearly fell because my whole body was shaking," she said.

Madam Lau, 77, who was having her hair done at a nearby hair salon, rushed home and saw fire engines downstairs.

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Fire at Bishan flat

Secondary 4 student Shafeqah Sapiee, 15, (in white) who lives one floor above the burning unit, comforts her mother who had collapsed when she saw the fire


She was playing with her mobile phone when thick, black smoke poured in through the eighth-storey bedroom window. Shafeqah Sapiee, 15, was at home with her niece, seven, who was in the shower.

Just a floor below, flames were ravaging the bedroom of her neighbour's flat in Block 140, Bishan Street 12, around 6.30pm yesterday.

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Balestier Rd kopitiam in flames, smoke seen from far away
A coffee shop along Balestier Road was spotted burning fiercely Sunday morning

A towering column of smoke was sighted by many Stomp contributors from a distance.

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

In particular, contributor Xuan managed to capture close-up pictures of the burning coffeeshop.

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IMM fire: Shoppers trapped and confused

A woman had to be rushed to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire at the IMM shopping mall in Jurong.

The fire occurred at the Ah May foodcourt on level three of the shopping mall.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the building's sprinkler system had extinguished the fire. But there was confusion for some shoppers on level two.

Mr Jordan Leu, 50, said he panicked when the fire triggered the shutters at electronics store, Best Denki, sealing the store.

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Man dies in Telok Blangah Crescent fire
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

SCDF was alerted to a case of fire at a 8th floor unit of Blk 3 Telok Blangah Crescent on October 20 at 7.14am.

SCDF resources were immediately dispatched to the incident site. The fire was in the living room area. Firefighters had to force open the door to gain access into the unit. Upon gaining entry, firefighters extinguished the fire within 5 minutes using 1 water jet.

Firefighters found a burnt body in the unit.

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5 SCDF vehicles seen along Orchard Rd after fire breaks out in Paragon

Five SCDF vehicles were seen along Orchard Rd after a fire broke out in Paragon this morning.


Stomp contributor Popoise said she witnessed a fire at the shopping mall at around 4am.

She said she saw a lot of smoke coming out of the main entrance of the mall. She also mentioned that there were also more than ten firefighters at the scene.

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Some just snap pictures of fire
Some residents alerted the police and firefighters

Others warned neighbours to move their vehicles after hearing a loud "bang" and spotting a truck on fire at the carpark of Block 179, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5.

Then there were those who just snapped pictures of the blaze.

A resident had called the police at 5.50am yesterday about the fire.

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Burning lorry causes towering smoke over Lentor Ave

A lorry went up in flames along Lentor Avenue towards the Seletar Expressway (SLE) at around 7pm on Sunday.

Several Stomp readers who were travelling along the road reported the incident to the citizen journalism website.

According to a statement by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), no one was injured.
The SCDF said that a Red Rhino and a fire engine were dispatched to put out the flames

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Visually impaired man died in Marine Crescent fire

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

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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Flat on fire: Body of man found

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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Next-door neighbours didn't know about fire

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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Fire Fire Burn So High!
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.

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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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Full Coverage:
Geylang shophouse fire kills 3
Marine Crescent fatal blaze: 67-year-old victim identified
Man found dead in flat after fire breaks out
Boy, 8, home alone when laundry catches fire
Kids scream for help as grandpa sleeps during fire
Family in lucky escape from fire
Residents evacuated after Sengkang flat catches fire
Fire at Clementi flat
Borrowed blowtorch started SingTel fire
Retiree braves fire at Bukit Timah Taoist temple to save neighbours
Three injured in fire at Tuas incineration plant
Fire breaks out in SJI chapel
Fire at condo building site at Siglap
Multiple explosions at Traffic Police headquarters
Lamborghini catches fire outside kindergarten
After fire destroys food seller's stall , her other stall opposite gets roaring business
Car on fire causes chaos in Sengkang
Cook hurt in fire at Sim Lim Square restaurant
He set ex-lover on fire with petrol
Early morning fire hits HDB unit in Compassvale Walk
Fire in Hougang prompts evacuation of some 20 residents
2 die in early morning bungalow fire in Singapore
Fire breaks out at industrial building along Tuas
More on fire reports
Fire in Serangoon: Thick smoke spotted billowing out from flat window
Fire breaks out in Serangoon North flat
Fire guts five-room flat in Serangoon North
Fire breaks out at Pinnacle@Duxton
Fire breaks out at flat in Hougang
Fire at Downtown Line construction site in Bukit Panjang
Fire breaks out at Balestier coffeeshop
Fire at NUS, Block E3A, 10 Aug 2012
Fire breaks out at Singapore Polytechnic
Fire breaks out at Kaki Bukit industrial area
Fire breaks out at Senoko Crescent abattoir; no injuries reported

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