A huge fire broke out at Block 720 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 on the 5th of July, Friday afternoon, with smoke billowing above nearby Housing Board flats reported around 3.50pm.


In a Facebook post at 4.42pm, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that the fire broke out at Block 720 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6. At 4.59pm, SCDF said that the fire involved the contents of shops on the ground floor of the block, and the fire was raging when officers arrived at the scene. In a final update at 7.03pm, SCDF said a total of 19 emergency vehicles and around 60 firefighters were deployed to the scene.

Ten water jets and an unmanned firefighting machine were used to control the blaze at the height of operations, SCDF said. The fire was brought under control by 4.30pm. Eight people, including an SCDF officer, were taken to hospital due to burn injuries and/or smoke inhalation. 

The fire, which has affected the supply of power and electricity to the block, has resulted in Mr Leong losing about 50 per cent of his usual business. 

“We are safe and we are lucky we can still open, but there is no phone line here, which means my customers cannot make bookings and can only pay with cash. Even when they walk in, they do not want to stay because there is no Wi-Fi,” he said.

Mr Leong is not alone, as other shopkeepers and employees also bemoaned the lack of Internet service and for some, electricity. Hair Journal, a salon next to the site of the fire, could not open for business on Saturday. Staff were told they would be without power for “a few days”.

One of them, who declined to be named, said: “There is nothing we can do but wait. Usually today we are very busy, but what can we do? “

Read more at https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/shopkeepers-bemoan-loss-of-business-after-ang-mo-kio-fire-injured-scdf-officer-discharged


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