Residents evacuate after fire breaks out at Toa Payoh flat

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SINGAPORE: Residents evacuated from a Housing Board flat in Toa Payoh on Friday (Aug 12) evening following a blaze in one of the units. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post at about 8.50pm that it was alerted to a fire at Block 222 Toa Payoh Lorong 8.

"Firefighters are currently on scene conducting firefighting operations," it added. 

Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers were also on the scene, said a CNA reader who lives in the affected block.

Smoke rises from a flat at Block 222 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 on Aug 12, 2022. (Photo: CNA reader)

The reader, who declined to be named, said the fire started at about 8.10pm.

"I was in my room. I (smelled) smoke before being (alerted) that there was a fire happening," she said.

"I thought it was just for the (Hungry Ghost Festival) prayers, but I (noticed) the smoke was really distinct and coming into my room through the window."

The reader quickly left her flat and went downstairs.

"I saw others coming out (of) their houses and the neighbour downstairs said it was the third floor. So I went back to inform my neighbour," she said.

"I just felt like something isn't right and quickly evacuated from my room."

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) firefighter is seen at Block 222 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 on Aug 12, 2022. (Photo: CNA reader)

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