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Intellasia East Asia News – Three dead, including toddler, after fire breaks out in Bedok flat

Three people, including a three-year-old, have died after a fire broke out in a fourth-floor Housing Board (HDB) flat in Bedok on Friday (May 13).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to a fire at Block 409 Bedok North Avenue 2 at about 6.35am.

Four people were found unconscious in the unit, which had a “vast accumulation of combustible items”, said SCDF.

A 56-year-old woman was found in the living room, while three others a 35-year-old man, a 34-year-old woman and the child were in the bedroom.

The woman in the living room was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

The 35-year-old man and the toddler died in hospital, said the Singapore Police Force on Friday afternoon, adding that police investigations are ongoing.

Sixty people were evacuated from neighbouring units as a precautionary measure, said SCDF.


Driver Willie Toh, 45, was leaving his flat at around 6.20am on Friday when he heard his neighbour in the affected unit shouting for help.

The neighbour, a man who Toh said is the tenant, handed him a key through the window, which Toh used to open the main door.

“I shouted a few times ‘quickly come out’,” said Toh, adding that the smoke in the living room was so thick he could not see anything in the flat.

He then left to help his own mother. Their home is separated from the flat that caught fire by a stairwell.

Toh said a young man helped carry his mother, who is in her 60s, downstairs from the fourth floor.


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