Fire at Chinatown Point on Sunday afternoon

A police cordon is seen around an escalator on the third floor of Chinatown Point, after fire broke out in the shopping mall on March 5, 2017.
A police cordon is seen around an escalator on the third floor of Chinatown Point, after fire broke out in the shopping mall on March 5, 2017.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Smoke seen inside Chinatown Point, after a fire broke out on March 5, 2017.
Smoke seen inside Chinatown Point, after a fire broke out on March 5, 2017.PHOTO: DAVID YANG
SCDF personnel being deployed at Chinatown Point after a fire broke out on March 5, 2017.
SCDF personnel being deployed at Chinatown Point after a fire broke out on March 5, 2017.PHOTO: DAVID YANG
A policeman walks past the escalator where the electrical  motor caught fire from the third floor at Chinatown Point on March 5, 2017.
A policeman walks past the escalator where the electrical motor caught fire from the third floor at Chinatown Point on March 5, 2017.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
An electrical motor caught fire from a third-floor escalator at Chinatown Point on March 5, 2017.
An electrical motor caught fire from a third-floor escalator at Chinatown Point on March 5, 2017.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out at the escalator landing on level three of Chinatown Point on Sunday (March 5) afternoon.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were activated at about 3pm. 

The fire, extinguished by SCDF using a water jet, involved the electrical wiring of an escalator landing on the third floor.

Firefighters were checking the soot-covered Schindler-brand escalators when The Straits Times arrived at the mall.

An unidentified shopper had rushed in to put out the fire with an extinguisher before SCDF arrived. Witnesses said his actions dampened the flames, though the smoke and burning smell still lingered.

Shoppers were evacuated from the building, and there were no reported injuries.

SCDF dispatched two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, and two support vehicles to the scene.


Escalators at the third floor of Chinatown Point. ST PHOTO: NG JUN SEN