A burnt body was found in a Housing and Development Board (HDB) unit at Telok Blangah Crescent on Monday (Oct 20) morning, following a fire in the living room.The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the fire at 7.14am. Firefighters had to force open the door to gain access and, upon entering, found the burnt body.
The burnt body was a 77-year-old male, according to a police spokesperson, who added he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Residents from the eighth to tenth floor were evacuated by SCDF and police as a precautionary measure. Two residents – a male in his 30s and an elderly female in her 80s – were also sent conscious to the hospital due to breathlessness.
SCDF said they extinguished the fire within five minutes, using a water jet. It had dispatched two fire bikes, two fire engines, two ambulances, a red rhino and a support vehicle to the scene.
The authorities are investigating the unnatural death and the cause of the fire.