The foreign workers had been told to move out of the shophouse.
But before they could move their belongings, a fire engulfed the unoccupied building in Geylang Lorong 8 on Wednesday, destroying most of what they had, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
It left one worker, who declined to be named, with nothing, not even his clothes. No one was hurt, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman.
He added they received a call for assistance at about 6.35pm and dispatched three fire engines, an ambulance, two Red Rhinos and a supporting vehicle.
Before the firefighters arrived, four members of the public attempted to extinguish the raging fire using a hose from a nearby store.
SCDF officers arrived at 6.40pm and put out the fire in 15 minutes, using two water jets.
The worker told Lianhe Wanbao that they had received a notice to move out of the shophouse last month.
This article was first published on October 31, 2014.
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