MP Mariam Jaafar shared how a fire broke out at a Woodlands HDB building at Block 860, Woodlands Street 81.
She shared that the fire was put out by residents in the area, who were watching the World Cup final at Woodlands CC when they saw people running.
Being trained first responders, they helped to put out the fire and evacuate residents.
Here is what she said
There was a fire at Blk 806 at around 1:30am this morning.
Danial and his friends Hady, Shaddad and Shafiq, all of whom live in different parts of #mywoodlands, were watching the World Cup final at Woodlands CC when they saw people running out to Blk 806. Trained first responders, they and another resident of the block (also a trained first responder and a quite petite woman, but she carried the first hose, don’t mess) sprang to action and put the fire out using the fire hose before the fire truck came. The blaze was not small and the whole block had to be evacuated.
Had the Final not gone to penalties, we might already have been home in bed. As it happened, I was able to be with the affected residents quickly.
Truly grateful to Lt Col Jason and his Singapore Civil Defence Force team from Woodlands Fire Station, Singapore Police Force from Woodlands East NPC, Housing & Development Board, Sembawang Town Council EMSU and grassroots leaders who each played their roles so well and made sure the residents were taken care of.
Two residents were conveyed to the hospital for breathing difficulties, and a couple of families are staying with family and friends for the night, but everyone else was able to return to their flats by around 330am. We will continue to check in on and support them in the coming days.
I thank the residents and everyone involved for the community spirit displayed.