Fire at RGS, no injuries reported

A fire broke out in a science lab in Raffles Girls' School yesterday evening.
A fire broke out in a science lab in Raffles Girls' School yesterday evening. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN

A fire broke out yesterday evening at Raffles Girls' School (RGS) in Anderson Road. No one was hurt.

The school's deputy principal, Ms May Tan, was in her ground- floor office when the fire alarm went off at around 7.30pm. Smelling smoke, she rushed to the fourth floor, where the science laboratories are.

"The smell of smoke was stronger and while I didn't see flames, I saw an orange glow in a science lab," Ms Tan, who is in her 40s, told The Straits Times.

A staff member called the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

An announcement was made for everyone in the school to evacuate to the foyer at the ground floor. As it was late, most students and staff had gone home, Ms Tan added.

When The Straits Times arrived at the school at around 9.30pm, the fire had already been put out.

Around 10 staff of the school watched from the school's carpark as SCDF officers tied up loose ends.

The SCDF had received a call about the fire at around 7.30pm.

By the time the officers arrived, 17 school staff had evacuated on their own, it said.

The fire was extinguished shortly after the SCDF team arrived.

It sent three Red Rhinos, a fire engine and three support appliances to the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Fire at RGS, no injuries reported'. Print Edition | Subscribe