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.