1 hurt, residents evacuated after fire at St Regis Residences in Tanglin

1 hurt, residents evacuated after fire at St Regis Residences in Tanglin

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A fire broke out at St Regis Residences in Tanglin on Feb 20, 2019. (Photo: Gillian Tan)

SINGAPORE: A resident was injured and others were evacuated from the St Regis Residences in Tanglin after a fire broke out late on Wednesday night (Feb 20).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received reports of the fire at 33 Tanglin Road and responded to the blaze at 11.30pm.

"Upon SCDF's arrival, the building management had already initiated an evacuation of the building," said the SCDF.

The fire involved the contents of a bedroom in a 12th-floor unit, SCDF said, adding that it extinguished the fire with a water jet and a hosereel.

A resident on the same floor was evacuated by the SCDF and taken to the Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Other residents were forced to leave their homes after the blaze caught hold.

Photos on social media show flames coming out of the windows of a unit, with thick clouds of smoke billowing.

A resident who was evacuated from his home told Channel NewsAsia that the situation was chaotic, and that it was crowded and "very smoky".

"I don't see some of my neighbours. I'm afraid they might still be inside," he said, adding that the lifts in the building had been grounded.

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The fire involved the contents of a bedroom in a 12th-floor unit, SCDF says. (Photo: Gillian Tan)

However, another resident Gillian Tan said the evacuation went smoothly and things were under control.

She said they were evacuated at 11.30pm and returned to their homes at about 2am.

The building's management moved the residents to the lobby of the St Regis hotel, located next to the residential building, at about 1am, where they were provided with drinks and pillows. Those who were drenched from the sprinklers and hoses were given towels and slippers.

"Props to the staff, super on the ball and making sure everyone was okay and comfortable," said Ms Tan.

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The Singapore Civil Defence Force was seen at the scene of the fire. (Photo: Instagram/bryanchowsg)

"The mood was kind of mellow to be honest. It seemed like the SCDF had everything under control and we all were just waiting to go back home," she added.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, SCDF said.

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Source: CNA/jt(aj/cy)

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