130 residents evacuated & 7 sent to hospital after fire broke out in Ang Mo Kio HDB unit

Staff and residents in nursing home located at the affected block were evacuated prior to SCDF's arrival.

Alfie Kwa | June 16, 2021, 04:12 PM

A fire broke out in a HDB apartment at Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 this morning, said Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a Facebook post.

At about 9:40am on June 16, SCDF was alerted to a fire at one of the units on the seventh floor.

Upon arrival, SCDF firefighters, who wore breathing apparatus sets, proceeded to the unit where the fire was raging.

An occupant from the burning unit was seen at the seventh floor staircase landing and was safely evacuated by SCDF firefighters.

The fire which involved the contents of the unit was extinguished with a water jet and two Compressed Air Foam (CAF) backpacks.

Residents affected

About 130 residents, from the fifth to ninth floor of the affected block, were evacuated by the Police and SCDF as a precautionary measure.

Staff and residents from the AWWA Nursing Home, located from the second to fourth floor, had self-evacuated prior to SCDF’s arrival.

A total of seven residents were conveyed to Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital for smoke inhalation and giddiness.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Top images via SCDF and Karen Wong's Facebook.