7 residents taken to hospital after raging fire at Ang Mo Kio unit

Seven residents were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at Block 123 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 on Wednesday morning (June 16).

The Singapore Civil Defence (SCDF) said it was alerted to the blaze in a seventh-floor unit at around 9.40am.

Videos posted on Facebook show dark smoke billowing from the burning unit.

Upon SCDF's arrival, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets proceeded to the unit "where the fire was raging", it said in a Facebook post.

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 backpacks.

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 AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens, a nursing home located on the second to fourth floor of the block, had self-evacuated prior to SCDF’s arrival.

SCDF added: "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.

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