Narrow escape for four residents of Ang Mo Kio flat

Narrow escape for four residents of Ang Mo Kio flat

SINGAPORE - Two residents managed to jumped to the ground floor from their kitchen window, while their two other flatmates, including saxophonist Gan Hwee Sun, 72, hung on to their ledge until they were helped to the ground by cleaners.


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Mr Gan and Ms Teo, both musicians in a Chinese funeral procession band, shared the flat with Ms Teo's friend, Mr Choon Siew Weng, 56, and her younger brother, 37.


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Here is the press release from SCDF in full:

SCDF was alerted to a fire incident at the above mentioned location at 8:07am.

Upon SCDF's arrival, fire was well alight at a 2nd floor unit. Fire fighters conducted forcible entry into the unit using breaking tools and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes using one water jet.

The fire involved the entire unit.

Four occupants (3 male, 1 female), understood to be from the affected unit, were at the void deck upon SCDF's arrival. 3 of them were conveyed by SCDF ambulances to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital while 1 of them refused conveyance.

The fire fighters also rescued an elderly lady from an adjacent unit, who also conveyed to the hospital.

Concurrently, fire fighters also conducted forcible entry into a 3rd floor directly above the unit on fire. The unit was smoke logged and SCDF rescued a lady in her 20s out of the unit. 

The cause of fire is still under investigations.

SCDF has ascertained that prior to our arrival, six members of public comprising of four Town Council workers and two other members of public had rendered assistance to two of the four occupants in the affected unit by propping a ladder at the rear of the block and bringing them to safety.

The Town Council workers mentioned above had also recently attended the SCDF's Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEPP) last month, where they were trained in basic fire fighting skills and fire safety awareness. To acknowledge their quick-thinking and civic-mindedness, we will be honouring them with the SCDF Public Spiritedness Award.

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