70 residents evacuated after fire breaks out in Toa Payoh flat

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Residents in Toa Payoh awoke to a fire that broke out in a Housing Board flat on Wednesday morning (Jan 10), after an explosion was heard.

A photo sent by Straits Times reader Syed Hasanal showed black fumes rising up five storeys from the apartment on the 15th floor at Block 45, Toa Payoh Lorong 5.

A fire engine and several police cars were parked below the block, next to a crowd of residents who had been evacuated from their homes.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at about 9.40am. Officers had to force their way into the flat as there was no one inside when the fire occurred.

The blaze, which engulfed the flat's living room, was put out by firefighters using two water jets, said an SCDF spokesman.

There were no reported injuries. An estimated 70 residents were evacuated by SCDF and police officers.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, said the spokesman.

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