At least two people were taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) after a fire broke out at around 1.05pm at a residential building unit at Block 82, Tiong Poh road in Tiong Bahru estate on Sunday. However, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that the fire was put out with one water jet.
Reports said that one of the two injured people, who is in his 50s, suffered burn injuries, while another in his thirties suffered from smoke inhalation. SCDF said in a statement that the two had self-evacuated before the SCDF personnel arrived at the scene.
The authorities added that the fire involved the contents of the living room of the unit on the 4th floor. SCDF said as soon as it was informed about the incident, it dispatched two fire engines, one red rhino, two firebikes, one ambulance and one support vehicle to the scene.
SCDF said it conducted forced entry into the unit and added that the authorities are conducting an investigation to find out the exact cause of the fire.
Melissa Ho, who is a resident of that area, told Channel NewsAsia that she was going to the Tiong Bahru market when she sensed a "very strong smell of burning rubber".
Another resident who was identified as Kalaradhakrishnan said that people were shouting that there was a fire at Block 82".
"So I came down, rushed down and I saw very thick black smoke. One fire engine couldn't contain it," he told Channel NewsAsia. He added that some of the Seng Poh RC members helped police with the traffic.