While many of us were probably curled up in bed watching Netflix or doing something similar last night, two groups of Singaporeans in the East were facing a pretty different fate.
Tampines HDB Fire
As shared by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Facebook, firefighters were alerted to a fire yesterday (28 January) at around 10.30 pm.
An HDB maisonette unit on the 10th floor of Block 941 Tampines Avenue 5 had been burned down completely.
Tampines Fire Station and Changi Fire Station sent firefighters down to help, and they had to rescue an unconscious man from one of the bedrooms. After evacuating him and having the SCDF ambulance crew assess him, the man was brought to Changi General Hospital for further treatment.
The firefighters had to conduct forcible entry to enter both the unit and bedroom.
With the fire being such a large one, residents around the area were understandably shocked and fearful when they saw the fire.
In this video, shrieks from nearby residents can be heard as glass shatters.
As a safety precaution, the SCDF evacuated 180 residents from neighbouring units.
The fire was eventually put out with two water jets, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Bedok Coffee Shop Fire
Unfortunately, that was not the only fire of the night. And not the only fire of the night for Easties, to be specific.
Less than two hours later at 11.50 pm, SCDF was alerted to yet another fire, this time at a coffee shop at Block 204 Bedok North Street 1.
Similar to the Tampines fire, the entire coffee shop had been completely engulfed in flames by the time SCDF firefighters reached the scene.
The Kitchen Exhaust Device (KED) located at the side of the building had also caught on fire.
In this video by The Straits Times, residents are seen standing on the side of the road, presumably after being evacuated.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained within the coffee shop itself by deploying water jets around the coffee shop and KED. The fire took five water jets to extinguish, and damping measures took place afterwards.
Damping refers to the process where water is applied to wet burnt surfaces right after the fire is put out to prevent the rekindling of fire.
Thankfully, there were no casualties. Around 55 residents were evacuated to a nearby function room as part of safety precaution measures.
The cause of the fire is also under investigation.
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