Smoke seen at I12 Katong mall; firefighters at scene

By | May 17, 2017

SINGAPORE: I12 Katong was evacuated after a fire broke out in a first-floor shop at the mall on Wednesday (May 17). 

Smoke was seen at the entrance and sirens were heard, as SCDF firefighters arrived at the mall at about 9.45pm, an eyewitness at the scene told Channel NewsAsia. 

She said that she smelled smoke in the air and saw people being evacuated from the building.

The entrance to the mall was cordoned off. 

SCDF said in a statement at 11.18pm that the fire had been brought under control and that firefighters were using two water jets to mitigate the incident. There were no reported injuries, it added. 

Firefighters had a stretcher on standby as smoke was seen emitting from I12 Katong. (Photo: Patrick Sim)

Another witness, Patrick Sim, who works at the mall, said he was at his shop in the basement when the fire alarm went off at about 9.30pm. “We locked up without taking our belongings … fear(ing a) possible explosion.”

He said he saw an ambulance, two Red Rhinos and five fire engines at the scene. SCDF officials also had a stretcher on standby, he said. Mr Sim said there had been no clear instructions over the public address system and that he was waiting for the all-clear to return to his shop. 

The exact source of the fire is not yet known, but witnesses said they saw the smoke coming from either the Cedele or UOB outlets. The units are next to each other at the front of the mall facing East Coast Road.

Channel NewsAsia has contacted SCDF for more details.  

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