Residents hear loud bang after discarded items catch fire at lift lobby of Hougang HDB block

Submitted by Stomper Yamin

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A fire broke out at the lift lobby of Block 696 Hougang Street 61 in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Feb 13).

Stomper Yamin, a resident at the block, alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video he took at the scene.

"I heard a loud bang as I was walking home," he told Stomp in a phone interview.

"I then rushed to see what had happened.

"Several pieces of debris had scattered around the area.

"Another resident was there with a fire extinguisher trying to put out the flames.

"The fire was quite big before I started recording."

In the video, smoke can be seen filling the void deck of the block.

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In response to a Stomp media query, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they responded to the fire at about 1.45am.

"The fire involved discarded items at a lift lobby," a spokesman said.

"It was extinguished with one hose reel."

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.