SINGAPORE - A fire broke out on Sunday afternoon at a top floor unit of a five-storey building at 167 Selegie Road.
No one was injured in the blaze, which sent thick smoke billowing out of the fifth-floor unit.
Mr Ramanathan Thuraijoo, 32, a resident at a block across the road, said he was at the nearby playground with his niece and nephew when he heard people shouting that there was a fire.
"I was wondering why the sky had suddenly turned dark and I noticed thick, black smoke coming out from one of the units," he said.
"By then, many people had gathered across the road. A few Indian workers helped in directing people back onto the pavement."
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was notified of the fire at 4.45pm on Sunday.
It sent two fire engines, two red rhinos, four support vehicles and one ambulance to the scene.
In a separate incident, a fire broke out in a fourth-floor unit at Block 116 Ho Ching Road on Sunday.
The SCDF was notified of the fire at 4.55pm and dispatched two fire engines, one red rhino, two support vehicles and one ambulance.
A man, in his 40s, was sent to the National University Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Investigations for both cases are ongoing.