350 hotel guests evacuated, 1 injured after fire breaks out at Mandarin Orchard on Tuesday night
SINGAPORE - About 350 hotel guests had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in a sixth-floor kitchen at Mandarin Orchard on Tuesday (March 15) night.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at around 11.40pm and dispatched two fire engines, two red rhinos, two ambulances and four support vehicles.
The fire, which involved the contents in the kitchen, was put out using two waterjets within 30 minutes.
A 69-year-old man suffered injuries to his left arm, as well as minor head injuries, and was taken to Singapore General Hospital, SCDF said.
Another four guests were treated by paramedics for minor injuries at the scene. They declined to be sent to hospital.
A spokesman for Mandarin Orchard told The Straits Times that one of its staff had discovered the fire at about 11.30pm.
The hotel's in-house firefighting team - the Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) - also attempted to contain the fire while waiting for SCDF to arrive.
Hotel guests were evacuated to the nearby *Scape before SCDF arrived, the spokesman said.
They were escorted back to their respective floors in the hotel by about 1.20am, after the hotel's premises were deemed safe by the relevant authorities.
The spokesman said the hotel was in contact with its injured guest and was rendering the necessary assistance.
"Ensuring the safety and security of our guests and employees are top priority for us...meanwhile, we remain in close coordination with all involved agencies as they continue further into their investigations."
SCDF is still investigating the cause of the fire.
This was the second fire in a day to occur along Orchard Road.
Earlier on Tuesday, a blaze broke out outside the third storey roof of Tang Plaza at about 9am.
There were no injuries, although about 100 people were evacuated from the building.
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