Pasir Ris residents evacuated after gas leak discovered at HDB block

An area at the foot of Block 610, Elias Road, was closed for at least three hours after a gas leak was discovered in the block's service pipe.
An area at the foot of Block 610, Elias Road, was closed for at least three hours after a gas leak was discovered in the block's service pipe.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - Residents of a Pasir Ris Housing Board block were evacuated on Wednesday (Jan 10), after a gas leak was discovered in the block's service pipe.

A strong smell of gas had lingered in the air at Block 610, Elias Road, for close to eight hours since 10am, reported Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News on Thursday.

An area at the foot of the block was closed for at least three hours, as the authorities carried out investigations and repair works, Shin Min said.

An 87-year-old resident, who lives on the third floor, told Shin Min that he noticed the smell at home at around 10am, but did not know where it had come from.

He said: "Initially, the smell was quite faint and we thought that it would go away after a while. But instead, the smell became stronger and the police even came to our door to get us to evacuate."

The Straits Times understands that residents from the first to seventh floors were evacuated.

Workers from Singapore Power and CityGas were seen at the block.

  • WHAT TO DO IF THERE'S A GAS LEAK

  • If you suspect a gas leak, you should:

    1. Turn off all gas appliances

    2. Shut the gas supply at the meter control valve

    3. Do not light any flames, nor turn on or off any switches

    4. Report the matter immediately by calling Singapore Power's gas emergency hotline at 1800-752-1800  

    Source: Singapore Power

According to Shin Min, the smell of gas began to dissipate only at around 6pm and residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 7pm.

In response to media queries, a spokesman for Singapore Power said that it was alerted to the suspected gas leak at 5.50pm and officers were deployed to the site immediately.

"In our investigation, we found a small leak in the service pipe supplying gas to the block. We immediately carried out repairs and the work was completed by 8.50pm," he said.

The spokesman added that there was no disruption to the gas supply in the block.