Two injured after fire breaks out in Far East Plaza; more than 200 shoppers evacuated

A capture from a video that shows shoppers evacuating from Far East Plaza as a fire alarm rings.
A capture from a video that shows shoppers evacuating from Far East Plaza as a fire alarm rings.PHOTO: SYXH/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - A fire originating from a store room of a sports shop in Far East Plaza on Saturday night has left two injured.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call alerting it to the fire at around 7.44pm.

The SCDF arrived on scene around eight minutes after and put out the fire in 15 minutes. It dispatched two fire engines, two ambulances, two red rhinos and four support appliances.

According to the SCDF, a woman in her 20s, believed to be a staff member of the shop, suffered burns on her palms.

A man in his 50s, believed to be a shopper, was sent to the Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation and a sprained ankle. They were trying to stop the fire before the SCDF arrived.

Around 250 people were evacuated by security personnel from the shopping mall.

The sports store, Sports Life, is on the second floor of the building.

The fire saw users posting their photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter.

One user, Syxh, posted a video taken inside the mall around the time of the fire. It showed people moving quickly down escalators while the fire alarm rang.

Another video, posted by Iris L, showed people crowding outside the mall.

When contacted by The Straits Times, SCDF said it was still investigating the cause of the incident.

Management of Far East Plaza declined to comment when contacted about the incident.

The shopping centre has been closed until declared safe.