Fire engulfs terrace house near Little India

Fire engulfs terrace house near Little India

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A fire broke out at a private landed house at 82 Sing Avenue on Friday (Jul 6). (Photo: SCDF)

SINGAPORE: A massive fire broke out at a terrace house near Little India on Friday (Jul 6) night. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that they responded to a fire involving a terrace house at at 82 Sing Avenue at about 8.55pm.

"Upon SCDF’s arrival, the raging fire had engulfed the entire house. SCDF firefighters braved the heat to surround the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent residences," they said in a Facebook post. 

SCDF added that the occupants of the house had self-evacuated prior to the firefighters' arrival. 

The fire was brought under control with seven water jets at about 10pm, and there were no reported injuries, they said in the post at 11pm. 

In a later post, SCDF said that the fire was extinguished at about 10.45pm. A total of 14 firefighting and support vehicles were involved in the firefighting operation, while police assisted in the evacuation of residents along Sing Avenue and nearby Rangoon Lane, they said. 

"Damping down operations" to prevent any potential rekindling of the fire from burnt surfaces were still ongoing. 

In an earlier post, the SCDF said that the fire house was already "fully engulfed in flames" when they arrived at the scene. 

A video, sent to Channel NewsAsia by reader Eric Ong, showed flames engulfing a unit while firefighters battled the fire. 

Alarms could be heard ringing in the background.

In a second video taken by Mr Ong, a man could be heard asking bystanders to "cooperate" as he tried to usher people away from the fire. 

A subsequent photo showed that the road was cordoned off by police tape. At least one fire engine could be seen on scene. 

Sales manager Chew Boon Yeow told Channel NewsAsia that he was having dinner nearby when the fire started. 

"I was having dinner and then some people shouted 'fire'. The fire was quite big. There were two fire engines and about four police cars," the 42-year-old said. 

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(Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader) 

Twitter user Elizabeth Davis said in a tweet that "lots of emergency vehicles" were at the scene. She described the fire as "massive". 

The 30-year-old content editor told Channel NewsAsia that she saw at least six emergency vehicles on site from her room at the One Farrer Hotel. Ms Davis, who is from London, is on holiday in Singapore.

"There are still emergency services around, but the fire looks like it’s been put out now. There’s just smoke visible there now," she told Channel NewsAsia at about 10.30pm.

Isabel Areglo, a staff nurse who lives nearby at Mergui Road, told Channel NewsAsia that she saw the fire at about 8.52pm. 

"I was on the balcony having a phone call and then I realised smoke was coming from the building," she said. "I told my housemates and we were thinking what it could be. Then we saw the fire get bigger with a cloud of dark smoke." 

Another Channel NewsAsia reader who lived nearby said that there was a "burning smell" in the air. 

"When I looked out of my window some 10 minutes later, I saw smoke and a big fire," said the reader, who requested to remain anonymous.

A Channel NewsAsia reader said that Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC Denise Phua was at the scene. 

"The MP was asking after one of the affected residents who had to evacuate his home," he told Channel NewsAsia. 

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Member of Parliament Denise Phua (middle) was spotted at Sing Avenue following the fire. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader)

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Source: CNA/ng(aj)