SINGAPORE – A woman and a man were rescued from a window ledge on the seventh floor of a Housing Board block in Bedok following a fire at their flat on Saturday morning (April 24).
Preliminary investigations show that the fire was caused by a power-assisted bicycle that was charging, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement on Facebook.
The pair was trapped outside the window ledge of the kitchen, with the woman clinging to a laundry rack for a few minutes, according to Chinese-language evening newspapers Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao.
They were brought to safety through the kitchen window and taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation, SCDF said.
SCDF was alerted at about 10.25am to the fire at Block 557 Bedok North Street 3.
The fire involved the contents of a bedroom and the corridor outside the unit and was extinguished by firefighters from Changi Fire Station.
In an update, SCDF commended several members of the public who had attempted to put out the fire with a hosereel before they arrived.
“Their quick-thinking act prevented the fire from escalating,” SCDF said.
About 45 residents from the block were also evacuated by the police as a precaution.
SCDF reminded the public to follow fire safety tips for power-assisted bicycles and personal mobility devices, which include not leaving devices and batteries to charge unattended over an extended period of time.
Adviser to the Kaki Bukit grassroots organisation in Aljunied GRC Shamsul Kamar added in a Facebook post on Saturday that he has asked the Housing Board to arrange temporary accommodation for the residents.