'Hero' uncle warns residents, helps put out fire at HDB block in Lengkok Bahru

A "hero" uncle in blue has been praised for his actions in warning residents and helping to put out a small fire at a HDB block. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

SINGAPORE - A man has been praised for his actions after he rushed to alert residents to a fire that broke out near the lift landing on the third floor of a HDB block in Redhill on Tuesday (Nov 8) morning.

Facebook user Suhaini Mohd Ali, in a video post, said she witnessed the incident at Block 59, Lengkok Bahru, as she was sending her child to school.

According to Ms Suhaini, an "uncle" in a blue shirt was in the carpark near the block when he noticed the small fire.

The "uncle" then rushed up to the third floor and started banging on the unit closest to the fire to warn its occupants.

He also asked for water to put out a fire, and was spotted in the video holding a pail of water.

Hailing the "uncle" as a hero, Ms Suhaini wrote: "He puts out the fire without even thinking of his safety first! A true kampung spirit lead by our Lengkok Bahru Hero Uncle!!"

The Straits Times understands that the fire involved discarded items.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at around 7.40am and dispatched a fire engine, a Red Rhino and an ambulance.

The fire was put out by members of the public before SCDF's arrival, a spokesman added.

There were no injuries reported.

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