Fire along corridor in North Bridge Road flat

Fire along corridor in North Bridge Road flat
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National para-archer Alex Lim, 24, was sent to the hospital after items placed in the common corridor, including a motorised wheelchair, caught fire along the common corridor of his flat in North Bridge Road on Wednesday (21 March 2018).

The fire, which happened at the seventh storey of Block 8 at around 9.15am. When the fire occurred, neighbours were told to evacuate, while Mr Lim was still inside the unit. Mr Lim, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and gets around with the aid of crutches, was getting ready to leave the flat when he noticed smoke entering the unit.

Mr Lim, who works part-time at a call centre, then tried to escape by using a wet towel to cover his face, but was trapped inside the unitHe was later rescued by Singapore Civil Defence Force officers. Mr Lim was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation. 

An SCDF spokesman said officers responded to a fire involving items placed along a corridor. According to a neighbour quoted by Shin Min Daily News, there were two wheelchairs placed in the common corridor, outside the owner's unit. 

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