Sembawang God of Wealth temple on fire, residents from nearby welfare home evacuated

Sembawang God of Wealth temple on fire, residents from nearby welfare home evacuated

Sembawang God of Wealth temple fire Sep 18
Screengrab of a video circulating online of a fire that broke out at the Sembawang God of Wealth Temple along Admiralty Street on Sep 18, 2020. (Photo: Facebook/Jerwin Allen Malabanan)

SINGAPORE: A temple in Sembawang caught fire on Friday (Sep 18) night.

Videos posted on social media showed large plumes of smoke rising from the Sembawang God of Wealth Temple at Admiralty Street, with most of the building engulfed in flames.

In a Facebook post, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fire at about 9.15pm.

The four-storey temple was "well alight" when firefighters arrived at the scene. 

The fire "had engulfed the first floor of a 4-storey temple and was spreading to the second floor", SCDF said.

"As a safety precautionary measure, residents from a nearby elderly home were evacuated by the police," said SCDF. 

The Acacia Home, which opened in April 2018, helps elderly destitute men and is situated next to the temple.

"During (the) evacuation, an elderly man from the home experienced breathlessness and was assessed by an SCDF paramedic," said SCDF, adding that the man was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

"There were no other reported injuries and the elderly residents returned to their rooms at about 11.45 pm," SCDF said.

A total of 11 emergency vehicles and about 60 firefighters were involved in the operation, which at its height saw seven water jets used to combat the blaze.

"The fire, confined to the first and second floor of the 4-storey temple, was extinguished close to midnight," SCDF confirmed.

Damping down operations are ongoing and are expected to last for "another several hours", SCDF said at about 2.18am on Saturday. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: CNA/ga

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