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FIRE AT NEW UPPER CHANGI RD, WITH ONE WOMAN FOUND NOT BREATHING

A fire broke out at Block 27 New Upper Changi Road earlier today (9 March) at about 1.15pm, the fire had involved the contents of a living room on the fourth floor.

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One of the occupants self evacuated with a baby in hand, and told the SCDF firefighters that there were still people inside the unit which was burning.

Three unconscious people were rescued from the fire, with one of the occupants found not breathing – SCDF personnel from the Emergency Medical Services conducted CPR on her and she was subsequently conveyed to CGH.

Here is the SCDF’s statement

[Fire @ Blk 27 New Upper Changi Road]

At approximately 1.15pm today (9 Mar), SCDF responded to a fire at the above-mentioned location.

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The fire involved the contents of a living room in a fourth floor unit. Upon SCDF’s arrival, the fire was raging and one of the unit occupants, who had self-evacuated with a baby, informed the firefighters that there were still people in the burning unit.

A few firefighters swiftly made their way into the burning unit and rescued three unconscious persons from a room while other firefighters battled the fire to prevent it from spreading.

The fire was extinguished with one water jet.

One of the occupants who was rescued was not breathing and SCDF Emergency Medical Services personnel immediately conducted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on her. She was conveyed to Changi General Hospital.

SCDF conveyed a total of four persons to Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. Among them was a resident from a neighbouring unit who had suffered burn injuries on her shoulder as she was self-evacuating prior to SCDF’s arrival.

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About 50 residents were evacuated by the police as a precautionary measure.

Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates that it was of electrical origin from a Personal Mobility Device (PMD) which was charging in the living room at the time of the fire. Two other Power Assisted Bicycles (PABs) were also found in the unit.

SCDF would like to remind the public on the prevention of PMD fires with the following fire safety tips in the accompanying infographic.

Non-UL2272 PMDs and any form of modifications to PMDs pose a fire risk and threaten public safety. Owners of these devices are strongly encouraged to dispose of their devices at the appropriate recyclers.

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