100 evacuated from Chinatown Point after shop catches fire

The fire started inside a shop on the first floor, resulting in smoke everywhere.
The fire started inside a shop on the first floor, resulting in smoke everywhere.PHOTOS: IRENE HO, DAVIS LIM/FACEBOOK
The fire is believed to have started inside Luxury City, a retailer of luxury bags and accessories located on the first floor of the mall.
The fire is believed to have started inside Luxury City, a retailer of luxury bags and accessories located on the first floor of the mall. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Around noon, tenants of the mall were told to gather at the entrance for a briefing, but were not allowed to return to their units.
Around noon, tenants of the mall were told to gather at the entrance for a briefing, but were not allowed to return to their units.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Around noon, tenants of the mall were told to gather at the entrance for a briefing, but were not allowed to return to their units.
Around noon, tenants of the mall were told to gather at the entrance for a briefing, but were not allowed to return to their units.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - About 100 shoppers and tenants in Chinatown Point were evacuated on Friday morning (March 12) after a fire broke out.

The fire started inside Luxury City, a retailer of luxury bags and accessories located on the first floor of the mall.

The shop's signage was damaged from the fire.

Ms Sharon Guan, 39, who works in the Samsung shop two units away, said the fire started at around 10.15am.

"At about 10.25am, there was smoke everywhere on the first floor, and the security told us to leave the premises," she said.

"We weren't aware of the fire, but saw it from outside."

A video of the incident showed a raging fire in the shop.

Large cracks were visible on the glass windows.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the fire at about 10.25am, and it was extinguished by the mall's sprinkler system prior to SCDF's arrival.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire was of electrical origin.

A spokesman for Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management, the manager of the mall, said there were no casualties, but one of its property operations workers suffered mild smoke inhalation.

The man was taken by the SCDF to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and has since been discharged.

The mall was reopened to the public at around 2pm.

The spokesman for the mall management said it was working closely with the authorities to investigate the incident, and apologised for any inconvenience caused.