Tampines 1 evacuated after car fire in basement

Cleaners are seen sweeping away the water in the Tampines One carpark after the fire was put out.
Cleaners are seen sweeping away the water in the Tampines One carpark after the fire was put out.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

SINGAPORE - More than 200 shoppers and tenants at Tampines One were evacuated after a car caught fire in the basement of the shopping mall early Friday afternoon.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted at 1.10pm.

Firefighters at the scene found the source of the fire to be a Mini Cooper parked at basement two, and extinguished it within 10 minutes.

SCDF also deployed an unmanned firefighting machine to ventilate the smoke-logged basement.

Civil servant Said Muhammad, 36, said he saw smoke coming from the travellator leading to the carpark when he went to the basement at 1.20pm to withdraw money from the ATM there.

"People were just standing around looking at the smoke," he said, adding that at the time alarms were only ringing intermittently and no announcements had been made to evacuate the building.

Fire wardens and security staff at Tampines One managed to evacuate the mall some 15 minutes later.

No injuries were reported, and the mall resumed operations just after 3 pm.

Investigations into the fire are ongoing.

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