Fire in condo breaks out, elderly man dies from injuries

Fire in condo breaks out, elderly man dies from injuries
A fire at a seventh floor condominium unit at Hume Avenue on Saturday morning (April 30) led to the death of an elderly man. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out at a condominium unit along Hume Avenue this morning, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a press statement.

The SCDF was alerted to the situation at 5.35am and rescued seven occupants from the unit. Three other occupants had already evacuated the unit when the officers arrived.

An elderly man in his 60s and his wife were sent to Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The Straits Times reported that the man later succumbed to his injuries. The woman requires surgery for her burns.

The report identifies the elderly man as Mr Alvin Ng and added that a total of 10 people lived in the four-room unit. Mr Ng and his wife, their two sons and their wives, two grandchildren and two maids.

Aside from the elderly couple, three adults and two children were conveyed to National University Hospital (NUH) while two other adults were sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) for smoke inhalation.

SCDF said that the fire involved the contents of the living room, and its cause is still being investigated.

debwong@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on April 30, 2016.
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