200 residents evacuated after fire breaks out at St Regis Residences; man taken to SGH

The fire broke out in a bedroom on the 12th floor. PHOTOS: INSTAGRAM/BRYANCHOWSG

SINGAPORE - Residents at the St Regis Residences on Tanglin Road had to be evacuated after a bedroom there went up in flames.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to the fire incident at 33 Tanglin Road at about 11.30pm on Wednesday (Feb 20).

The fire involved the contents of a bedroom in a unit on level 12, and was extinguished using a water jet and a hosereel.

"Upon SCDF's arrival, the building management had already initiated an evacuation of the building," it said.

Savills Property Management, which manages St Regis Residences, estimated about 200 residents were evacuated.

Speaking to The Straits Times on Thursday, Savills Property Management managing director Chan Kok Hong said they took the precaution of evacuating the entire tower given the sizeable fire.

"When the fire alarm rang, we immediately rushed with fire extinguishers to try to put it out, but we could not contain it," he said.

The residents were evacuated to the lobby of St Regis hotel, an affiliated property located nearby.

"The staff were very accommodating, and even provided our residents with drinks," he added.

A man residing on the twelfth floor was evacuated by SCDF and taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Mr Chan said that the man lives with two elderly residents, who are doing fine.

The Straits Times understands the man was conscious when taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photos posted to social media show a blaze inside one of the units. Thick smoke is billowing out of the window of the unit.

In a video posted to Instagram, several SCDF vehicles and officers can be seen at the scene.

Mr Chan said that the management has assessed the damage and are working to restore the lifts affected in the fire. Repairs will be carried out in the next few days, he added.

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