A fire broke out at a Tampines HDB unit yesterday morning, resulting in 5 people being conveyed to the hospital, including a 2-year-old female toddler.
According to preliminary investigations into the fire, the cause of the fire was of an electrical origin.
According to Shin Min Daily News, they reported that the fire broke out on Sunday (16 April) at about 7 am in the morning.
The affected HDB unit was located on the 13th floor of Block 645B Tampines Street 62.
A resident staying at the unit, a 40-year-old woman who works as a warehouse assistant, told SMDN that she was asleep inside the master bedroom at the time when the fire broke out.
She was also with her 2-year-old daughter at the time, and after the fire broke out, the fire alarm sounded and it jolted her awake.
The woman then saw black smoke around her home when she woke up from her sleep and could hear her neighbours calling out to her from outside her unit.
The woman then hurriedly picked up her toddler and escaped from the burning flat.
She added that her 22-year-old son, who was asleep in another room, had initially hidden inside the room and opened the windows to call for help.
However, he later decided to rush out of the unit himself through the fire and the smoke.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they received a call for help at about 8.35 am that morning, with the fire involving the contents of a bedroom.
The fire was subsequently extinguished using a hose reel, and it was put out in under 10 minutes by the SCDF firefighters.
A resident who lives in a block nearby, took a video of the incident and shared it online, praising the SCDF for a job well done.
The SCDF added that upon their arrival, 5 people had already evacuated themselves from the affected flat and the neighbouring units.
4 of them were sent to the Singapore General Hospital, while another was sent to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.