Fire engulfed a coffee shop at Block 59 Marine Terrace on Friday morning, but no injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
Mr Elson Lee, 46, a seller of spare car parts, told The Straits Times that he was on his way to the coffeeshop for breakfast at 8.45am when he saw that two stalls inside the coffee shop had caught fire.
"It was very fierce and very fast. Within five minutes, the fire spread to the rest of the stalls. All of them were burnt so quickly," he said.
In a statement, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 9.02am and dispatched a fire bike, a fire engine and two Red Rhinos. The fire involved six stalls and was put out with two water jets in 30 minutes, it added. Police and the SCDF also evacuated 10 residents living upstairs. Investigations are ongoing.
Before the firemen arrived, Mr Lee said he and about 15 other passers-by had tried to use nearby water hoses to put out the fire but no water came out.
Online media reports said the fire had broken out as a result of the frying of fish at the coffee shop. Pictures posted by eyewitnesses showed black plumes of smoke rising to the flats above the coffee shop.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, was also seen on the scene speaking with residents.