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About 40 evacuated after fire breaks out at Singapore feng shui master’s flat

ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – About 40 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in an elderly feng shui master’s flat in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore on Friday night.

The man, who is in his 80s, hid in his kitchen and waited for help with a wet bath towel wrapped around his head after the fire, which was in his unit’s living room, blocked his path to the exit, reported Shin Min Daily News.

In response to Straits Times’ queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at about 10.30pm.

Firefighters evacuated the man from his unit and extinguished the blaze with a water jet, said SCDF. About 40 other people in neighbouring units were also evacuated as a precaution, they added.

The feng shui master, whom Shin Min identified as Shen, said he had been sleeping in his bedroom when the acrid smell of smoke woke him up with a start.

Feng shui master Shen said he was sleeping in his bedroom when the smell of smoke woke him up. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

“I walked out to the living room and there was smoke everywhere. The living room had gone up in flames.

“After a while, I heard movement at the door and knew that I was being saved. I ran for my life,” he said.

The blaze left his walls blackened and more than 100 of his wooden idols charred.

His collection had previously been displayed on floor-to-ceiling shelves in his living room, filling an entire wall.

“I have been in the feng shui business for more than 60 years and these idols are from Thailand,” Shen told Shin Min.

Two people were assessed for smoke inhalation but declined to be sent to the hospital, said SCDF. The cause of the fire is under investigation.