Early-morning fire in flat claims man's life

Early-morning fire in flat claims man's life

SINGAPORE - A man in his 50s died after a fire broke out in his sixth-floor flat in Woodlands early yesterday morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire in Block 788E, Woodlands Crescent, at 3.18am.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had already gutted the study and living room, the SCDF said in a statement.

The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes, and the family of three were rescued, but the man succumbed to his injuries later.

The family was trapped in the unit by the fire, and two of them ended up on a window ledge.

Rescuers found William Tan, 57, lying unconscious in a toilet and pulled him out of the burning flat.

They found his wife, Chang Shiu Weng, and son, Jack Tan, standing on the window ledge outside one of the bedrooms.

All three of them suffered from smoke inhalation.

Mr William Tan died in hospital, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

About 150 residents were evacuated from the affected block.

The apartment was charred beyond recognition, with the doors and windows partially melted, Wanbao reported.

When Mr Jack Tan, 23, and Ms Chang, 58, went to the flat after they had been discharged from hospital later in the day, there were still smudges of ash on them, according to Wanbao.

They retrieved a family portrait from the apartment.

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