Evening blaze at Springdale Condominium unit in Bukit Timah

SINGAPORE - A fire involving contents of a bedroom broke out at a unit at Springdale Condominium off Upper Bukit Timah Road on Sunday evening.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call at 6.53pm, and extinguished the blaze using one water jet, said a spokesman.

"Two occupants of the unit and approximately 50 residents had self-evacuated before SCDF's arrival," she said, adding that no one reported any injuries.

The spokesman added that the unit's bedroom was damaged by the fire, and the rest of the unit also sustained heat and soot damage.

A resident of the condominium, picture editor Timothy Sim was at home when he was alerted to the fire at about 6.30pm.

"My friends who were passing by saw the smoke billowing and called me," said Mr Sim, 26, who left his unit at another block to check out the commotion.

"About 50 to 60 residents were standing on the ground floor and watching the fire. The atmosphere was pretty tense. Everyone was worried about their units."

Mr Sim added that two women, who seemed to be in their late teens or early 20s and told him that they live in the affected flat, were also standing with the crowd.

"They looked quite traumatised. They were crying and hugging each other. They also made quite a few calls on their phone.

"Some residents came to offer them help. One is housing them tonight. Another offered them bananas and muesli bars."

"There was quite a fair bit of smoke. It was pretty bad. You could see into the living room through the window and could tell that things were quite charred. Ash and soot were flying up to the balcony above," said Mr Sim, adding that the crowd dispersed by about 8.30pm.

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