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1,000 people evacuated after fire breaks out at NUS building

1,000 people evacuated after fire breaks out at NUS building

Screengrab from Google Maps showing the exterior of 14 Medical Drive.

SINGAPORE: About 1,000 people were evacuated after a fire broke out at a National University of Singapore (NUS) building on Tuesday (Mar 26).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to a fire incident at 14 Medical Drive at about 11.10am.

The Centre for Translational Medicine, also known as Block MD6, is listed under that address, according to NUS' website.

The fire involved a freezer room, said SCDF. It was put out by the sprinkler system before SCDF arrived.

There were no reported injuries from the incident, said SCDF, adding that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

In response to Channel NewsAsia's queries, an NUS spokesperson said that a "small fire" broke out at the WIL@NUS Corporate Laboratory at Block MD6 on the university's Kent Ridge campus at around 11.10am.

"The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted immediately and users of the building were evacuated," said the spokesperson. "The fire was put out before SCDF arrived. No one was hurt in the fire."

The safety of students and staff remains the university's "top priority", said the spokesperson, adding that the cause of the fire was currently under investigation.

Source: CNA/nc

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