Jurong East HDB flat fire: 1 dead, 3 conveyed to hospital

An occupant in the affected unit had also self-evacuated before SCDF's arrival. 

Lean Jinghui | August 16, 2022, 11:55 AM

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One person has died after a fire broke out at an HDB unit in Jurong East in the early hours of the morning on Aug. 16.

Raging fire on ninth floor

According to the latest Facebook post by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), it was alerted to a fire at Block 236 Jurong East Street 21 at about 2:50am.

Upon SCDF’s arrival, the fire was raging inside the unit on the ninth floor.

Via SCDF Facebook

Via SCDF Facebook

SCDF firefighters donned breathing apparatus sets in order to enter the heavily smoke-logged unit and conduct firefighting operations.

A Combined Platform Ladder was also deployed at the rear of the block for external firefighting.

The fire was eventually extinguished using three water jets.

However, as a result of the fire, the affected unit was destroyed by heat and smoke damage, said SCDF.

Via SCDF Facebook

Via SCDF Facebook

Via SCDF Facebook

A body was found in the affected unit, and pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic.

Three others conveyed to hospital

According to SCDF, an occupant in the affected unit had self-evacuated before SCDF's arrival.

Due to the close proximity of an adjacent unit, the firefighters on scene also conducted forced entry into that neighbouring unit, and rescued three occupants.

Damping down operations, where water is applied to wet burnt surfaces after a fire is put out, is currently ongoing.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Alternative accommodation being arranged for those affected

In a Facebook post on Aug. 16 afternoon, Member of Parliament for Yuhua SMC Grace Fu, who overseas the area, provided an update about the situation.

About 60 residents had also been evacuated from their flat at around 2:40am, after the fire broke out.

Fu shared that the Jurong-Clementi Town Council is working with grassroots organisations and other relevant agencies to arrange alternative accommodations for those affected by the fire, and take care of their immediate needs.

She said:

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the fire that broke out in a flat at Jurong East St 21 early this morning. [...] Our utmost priority now is the well-being of all affected parties, both emotionally and financially."

Fu also urged residents to be socially responsible, and reminded residents to refrain from accumulating objects that could pose fire risk to themselves and to their neighbours.

You can find the full Facebook post here:

Top images via SCDF Facebook