Three people have died in a fire that broke out in the living room of a flat located in Bedok North on Friday (13 May) in the early morning.
According to The Straits Times, when the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel arrived at the flat about 6:40 am, they found four unconscious people in the unit that had a “vast accumulation of combustible items”.
Three of the people, which includes a mother and a toddler living in the unit, were taken to the hospital unconscious. The unit was located at Block 409 Bedok North Avenue 2.
Information on Deceased and Fire Contained by SCDF
There were five people living in the affected unit according to MP for the estate Tan Kiat How.
According to Mr Tan, the residents include a couple who rented out the room to three other tenants, which is a couple and a toddler.
The toddler and his mother, 34, and a man, 35, were taken to the hospital unconscious.
The man and the toddler died from their injuries at the hospital, the police said.
The mother remains in critical condition in the hospital.
The fire in the affected unit was put out by the SCDF with one water jet.
According to SCDF, the mother, toddler, and another person was found in the bedroom while one person was found in the living room.
The person in the living room, a 56-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic. The woman was known as one of the occupants in the unit.
Block Residents Evacuated
Sixty residents were evacuated from neighbouring units as a precautionary measure.
SCDF personnel also rescued three other residents located in the next-door unit after forcing entry into their flat. They suffered from minor injuries and did not want to be taken to the hospital.
Police officers were also present at the scene to reassure the residents who have been evacuated due to the fire.
Most of the residents evacuated by taking the stairs.
According to one resident, she had heard a loud explosion as she was evacuating from her unit around 6:30 am.
Residents have also shared that a couple in their 40s or 50s lived in the unit that was on fire.
Mr Tan had said that efforts are underway to find accommodation for the remaining occupant who is well.
Mr Tan also said that the grassroots leaders of the area are helping families who have asked to temporarily evacuate.
[email protected], the community hub in the area, will also have rooms open to hold everyone that was impacted by the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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