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SCDF FORCED ENTRY TO FIGHT PMD FIRE @ HOUGANG HDB, 2 PEOPLE SENT TO HOSPITAL

[Fire @ Block 699, Hougang Street 52]

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At about 2:30 p.m. today (23 Nov), SCDF was alerted to a fire at the above-mentioned location.

Upon SCDF’s arrival, thick black smoke was emitting from a living room of a unit on the 5th floor.

Firefighters from Sengkang Fire Station conducted forcible entry to gain access into the unit. The fire, which was confined to the living room, was extinguished with a water jet.

While the firefighting operation was ongoing, SCDF rescued two persons from the kitchen and carried them out of the smoke-logged unit. The two persons were conveyed by SCDF ambulances to Singapore General Hospital and KK Women’s & Children Hospital for smoke inhalation.

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About 20 residents from the affected block were evacuated by the Police as a precautionary measure.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire had likely originated from a personal mobility device (PMD) that was charging in the living room.

SCDF would like to remind the public on the prevention of PMD/PAB fires, including not to charge batteries for an extended period of time or overnight. Do not purchase or use non-original batteries. See the accompanying infographic for more fire safety tips.

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