7 taken to hospital after fire breaks out in Ang Mo Kio flat

Evacuees from Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 being attended to by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) yesterday. Seven residents were taken to Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital for smoke inhalati
Evacuees from Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 being attended to by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) yesterday. Seven residents were taken to Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital for smoke inhalation and giddiness, SCDF said. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, SCDF/FACEBOOK
Evacuees from Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 being attended to by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) yesterday. Seven residents were taken to Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital for smoke inhalati
An SCDF firefighter, wearing breathing apparatus, at the scene of the blaze. The SCDF said that it was alerted to the fire at about 9.40am.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, SCDF/FACEBOOK

A fire broke out in a flat on the seventh floor of Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 yesterday morning, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a Facebook post.

Seven residents were taken to Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital for smoke inhalation and giddiness, said the SCDF. About 130 people from the fifth to ninth storeys of the affected block were also evacuated by the police and SCDF as a precautionary measure.

The SCDF said that it was alerted to the fire at about 9.40am.

"An occupant from the burning unit was seen at the seventh floor staircase landing and was safely evacuated by SCDF firefighters," said the SCDF on Facebook.

The fire, which involved the contents of the unit, was extinguished with a water jet and two compressed air foam backpacks, said the SCDF. The Straits Times understands that the fire was contained within the flat.

Staff and residents from the Awwa Senior Community Home (SCH), located at levels two to four of the same block, had self-evacuated prior to the SCDF's arrival.

Mr Sairam Azad, deputy director of Awwa Health and Senior Care, told ST: "During the evacuation, one of the residents from Awwa SCH was feeling unwell and was conveyed to the nearest hospital for observation." The resident is currently in stable condition, he added.

Mr Sairam said that the home's operations were not affected by the fire, and that seniors were allowed to return to their units around 11.45 am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2021, with the headline '7 taken to hospital after fire breaks out in Ang Mo Kio flat'. Subscribe