5 taken to hospital, 120 evacuated after fire in North Bridge Road HDB block

The contents of a seventh-floor unit (left) were destroyed in the fire at Block 8 in North Bridge Road on June 12, 2021.
The contents of a seventh-floor unit (left) were destroyed in the fire at Block 8 in North Bridge Road on June 12, 2021.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, DENISE PHUA LAY PENG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Five people were taken to hospital after a fire in North Bridge Road on Saturday (June 12) night.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said it was alerted to the blaze at Block 8 at about 10.15pm.

The fire involved contents of a seventh-floor unit in the Housing Board block, and was extinguished using a water jet.

About 120 people were evacuated from the sixth to 10th floors of the block by the police.

Four persons were taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) while one was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The spokesman said people who suffer smoke inhalation or serious burn injuries will be taken to the Burn Centre at SGH. 

"However, if their condition is too unstable, they will be conveyed to the nearest Ministry of Health-designated hospital," he added.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Jalan Besar GRC MP Denise Phua, who is in charge of the Kampong Glam ward that the rental block falls under, said  almost every thing in the flat was burnt.

“Thank God no serious injury,” she added.

Ms Phua also said that the HDB had put up the flat’s residents in a nearby replacement unit, and that essentials like food had been given  to them.

She  added that assistance would be given  to the family – including children preparing for exams – to allow them to return to normal life as soon as possible.

“Big thanks to all who helped and I hope you will give and help too,” she wrote.