2 people injured in Yishun flat fire

The Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road where a fire broke out on Dec 30, 2015.
The Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road where a fire broke out on Dec 30, 2015. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road where a fire broke out on Dec 30, 2015.
The Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road where a fire broke out on Dec 30, 2015.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - Two people were injured when a fire broke out at their Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road on Wednesday (Dec 30) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at an eighth-floor unit at Block 624 at 7.55am. Firefighters had to force open the flat's main door to put out the fire.

A man and a woman in the flat were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and injuries.

Evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that they are husband and wife. The man's father, Mr Chen Lai Quan, who owns the flat, said that the victims had been sleeping in the living room when the fire broke out. They were unable to escape by the front door and had to hide in the kitchen and bedroom.

Mr Chen's son operates a coffee shop at Upper Thomson Road, he said, and Mr Chen had left the house at 6am to help out there. His other two children had also left for work before the fire started. Two granddaughters who usually live in the flat had been staying at their maternal grandparents' house.

"Almost all the furniture and other items in the living room were destroyed by the fire," Mr Chen said. "During this period, we'll be staying temporarily at a relative's house."

He added that he had been living in the unit for 27 years, and that nobody in the house smokes.

About 10 residents of the block self-evacuated before the SCDF arrived.

The fire involved contents in the flat's living room, SCDF said. It is investigating the cause of the fire.