Latest News

Fire In Toa Payoh Flat Sends 1 Person To Hospital, 50 Residents Evacuated

Fire In Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Flat Emits Thick Black Smoke, SCDF Puts It Out With 2 Water Jets

Now that it’s the Hungry Ghost Festival, it’s normal to smell some smoke around HDB estates.

However, for one resident in Toa Payoh, what she thought was normal seventh month burning was actually more concerning — a blaze from a flat in her block.

The fire ended up sending one person to hospital.

Source: TikTok

50 residents were also evacuated as a precaution.

SCDF alerted to fire in Toa Payoh

In a short Facebook post at 8.48pm on Friday (12 Aug) night, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they’d been alerted to a fire in Toa Payoh.

Source: SCDF on Facebook

Specifically, the fire was at Block 222, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh.

Source: Google Maps

At the time of the post, firefighters were on the scene attempting to put out the fire.

Fire in Toa Payoh came from third floor

In a subsequent Facebook post at 9.48pm, the SCDF said they were alerted to the fire at 8.20pm.

It was emanating from a unit on the third floor of the block.

Source: SCDF on Facebook

When they arrived, the fire was already emitting thick black smoke.

 

Thankfully, they managed to extinguish it.

Source: SCDF on Facebook

A video posted on TikTok showed a stream of water slowly but surely putting out the raging fire coming from the 3rd-floor window.

Source: TikTok

2 casualties reported

Unfortunately, there were two casualties, reported the SCDF.

They are being assessed by Emergency Medical Services, they said.

50 residents of the affected block also had to be evacuated “as a precautionary measure”, they added.

A video on TikTok showed the evacuated residents watching as the fire blazed from the third floor.

Source: TikTok

Resident thought fire was due to Hungry Ghost Festival

A resident told Channel NewsAsia (CNA) that at 8.10pm, she’d smelt the smoke from her room and initially thought people were burning joss paper for the Hungry Ghost Festival.

However, the smoke started coming into her window.

Feeling that something was amiss, she left her flat and saw neighbours also evacuating. One told her it was from a third-floor flat.

One person sent to hospital

In their final update, the SCDF said two water jets were used to fight the fire.

Source: SCDF on Facebook

As for the two casualties, one of them was sent to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) due to smoke inhalation.

The other person, however, refused to be sent to hospital despite also being assessed for smoke inhalation.

While 50 residents were evacuated by the police and SCDF, a number of them had also self-evacuated, the SCDF said.

However, the entire unit affected was damaged by the heat and smoke.

Source: SCDF on Facebook

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Hope hospitalised resident recovers swiftly

Residential fires may endanger lives if not attended to quickly.

Fortunately, officers from the SCDF made a timely arrival at the scene to prevent more casualties and damage.

We hope the hospitalised resident makes a swift and smooth recovery.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at news@mustsharenews.com.

Featured image adapted from @yenng_1981 on TikTok and SCDF on Facebook.

Jeremy Lee

Analog person making do with a digital world.

Recent Posts

Who is Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old man identified as shooter at Trump rally?

He reportedly graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022.

14 Jul 2024, 5:46 pm

Man in M’sia asks ex-girlfriend’s dad for S$8.50 he owes for food after breakup, dad calls him ‘the cheapest’

"I have seen so many boys, and you are the cheapest," said the father.

14 Jul 2024, 4:25 pm

‘Never resort to violence regardless of any differences of views’: S’pore PM Wong reacts to shooting of Trump

Leaders and politicians around the world condemned the shooting.

14 Jul 2024, 4:02 pm

Taiwan couple reportedly take their own lives in hotel room, children thought they were just asleep

It wasn't until someone came to check on them that their deaths were discovered.

14 Jul 2024, 3:19 pm

M’sian woman with heart condition & 2-year-old son successfully climb Mt Kinabalu

The woman has been mountain climbing for 10 years and has even reached the Everest…

14 Jul 2024, 1:07 pm

S’pore will build temporary swimming complex in Kallang carpark for 2025 World Aquatics Championships

Singapore Aquatics president Mark Chay disagreed with assertions that the venue was "underwhelming" compared to…

14 Jul 2024, 12:54 pm