Fires blaze at 2 HDB blocks

Fires blaze at 2 HDB blocks
The fires at Clementi West Street 1 (L) and Teck Whye Lane (R)

Two fires broke out at HDB flats yesterday morning, but were quickly put out.

At about 9.15am yesterday, a fire started at a unit on the ninth-storey of Block 114, Teck Whye Lane. Two women inside the unit were taken to the National University Hospital for conditions not related to the fire.

The first, a woman in her 60s, had fallen down, while the other, a woman in her 30s, suffered breathlessness.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said a fire engine, two Red Rhinos and two fire bikes were sent to the scene.

The second blaze occurred on the 14th storey of Block 604, Clementi West Street 1, at about 11.55am.

Residents TNP spoke to said they smelled smoke before seeing the fire, which engulfed the unit.

There were no injuries.

Both fires were extinguished with one water jet.

The cause of the fires is being investigated.

According to the fires statistics report for 2014, the number of fires SCDF responded to last year hit a five-year high of 4,724, but there was a slight drop in the number of residential fires.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

SCDF's tips on fire safety at home:

Do not leave cooking unattended;

Do not overload electrical outlets with appliances;

Always switch off electrical appliances when they are not in use, and

Check the condition of cables regularly. Frayed wires or cracked cords should be replaced or repaired immediately.


This article was first published on February 13, 2015.
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