Fire at Woodlands block; no injuries reported

A fire broke out below an HDB block in Woodlands on Sunday (March 19).
A fire broke out below an HDB block in Woodlands on Sunday (March 19).PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM STOMP VIDEO

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out at the foot of a Woodlands HDB block on Sunday (March 19), but no one was injured.

Mr Vincent Kew told The Straits Times that he heard a loud bang that sounded like an explosion and went downstairs to investigate. 

He saw three or four tins of paint and equipment that had been left outdoors burning. Mr Kew, an electrical engineer, sent videos of the scene to Stomp, and posted them on Facebook.

Orange paint had sprayed on the wall, and the smoke reached up to the 10th storey, he said.

"They were left uncovered under the sun," he said, adding that the equipment had been there since Saturday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at Block 345, Woodlands Street 32, at about noon.

It was put out using one hose reel, SCDF said.

No injuries were reported, but six people were evacuated from the second and third floor.

A fire engine, two Red Rhinos, two fire bikes, an ambulance and a support vehicle were sent to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, SCDF said.