SCDF conducts forcible entry into Bukit Merah HDB unit after fire breaks out

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About 35 people were evacuated from Block 117 Jalan Bukit Merah after a fire broke out in a unit on the ninth floor on Tuesday morning (May 17).

Stomper Ronnie alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video he took from his home a few blocks away.

"I saw a huge fire while I was at my apartment's service balcony at about 11.50am," he said.

"Firemen were already there and I could smell the smoke from here.

"I pray nobody's injured."

In a Facebook post on Tuesday at 3.36pm, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 11.35am.

[Fire @ Block 117 Jalan Bukit Merah] Earlier today (17 May) at about 11.35am, SCDF was alerted to a fire at the...

Posted by Singapore Civil Defence Force on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

"Upon the arrival of SCDF firefighters, thick black smoke could be seen emitting from a unit on the 9th floor," SCDF said.

"SCDF firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets had to conduct forcible entry to gain access into the unit.

"No one was in the unit.

"The fire which involved the contents of a bedroom was extinguished with one water jet.

"About 35 persons were evacuated from neighbouring units as a precautionary measure.

"There were no reported injuries.

"Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates that it was due to electrical origin."

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