Singapore’s government has issued an emergency statement urging people in the country’s capital to remain indoors amid power outages, as a massive fire gutted the main office building and the city’s main skyscraper.
The fire broke out early on Friday at the building, which houses Singapore’s National People’s Action Party (NPA) headquarters, a state-owned media agency and government offices, at the heart of the city.
A witness told The Straits Times that the blaze broke out on the fourth floor of the building after a power outage and continued to spread throughout the building.
The cause of the fire, which has been dubbed the Singapore Tower Fire, is not yet known, the spokesman for Singapore’s Fire and Emergency Services (SES) said.
No injuries have been reported.
The SES has issued a general evacuation order, and people are urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity.SES is monitoring the fire closely, said SES spokesman David Lee.
It has also issued a statement saying the Singapore Office Building, the building that houses the offices of the Singapore National Broadband Network (SNBN), was one of the buildings affected by the fire.
Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Saturday afternoon.
“Firefighters from across Singapore are still battling the fire in the Singapore tower,” Lee said.
A large section of the structure was completely engulfed, including the tower’s roof.
The Singapore Tower is the tallest office building in Singapore and houses the Singapore Government.
It sits at the centre of the downtown area.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has appealed for residents to remain calm and stay indoors.
He said the Singapore government was doing everything possible to help Singaporeans cope with the power outage, including offering help in the form of water, power and mobile phone service.
“We have a large number of fire appliances, we have a fire brigade, we are working very hard to try and save Singaporeans’ lives,” he said.
The Prime Minister added that he and other government officials were also working to make sure that the Singaporean Government Office Building was open.
“I have instructed my officials to take as many steps as possible to save Singaporean lives and I will do everything possible, whatever the cost, to do so,” he told reporters at a government office building near the site of the blaze.
The firesign said the cause of fire was under investigation.
The National People Party (NP) is Singapore’s largest political party and has been in power since independence in 1957.
The government has a long history of corruption and nepotism scandals.
The country has had no official death toll from the firesign.
The blaze began shortly after 3am local time (11:00 GMT), with heavy smoke and a plume of black smoke billowing from the top floor of Singapore’s tallest building.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the fire or how quickly it could spread.
The roof of the main building is seen engulfed in smoke after a massive blaze engulfed the building on Friday.
Firefighters were battling the flames in the building as smoke from the flames filled the sky.
Residents at the scene described a massive plume in the air, which had a strong smell of smoke.
Witnesses told The Times that it was a huge fire and they saw smoke billow out of the tower.
“The whole building was burning and the fire started right at the top,” said Joo Meng, a resident.
“It was like the Singapore’s biggest building was on fire.”
Residents said they did not know what caused the fire to start.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Singapore’s fire service said it was working to control the blaze and had sent out a statement.
An estimated 1.7 million Singaporeans were without power at the time.
Singapore has been hit by numerous power outfires in recent years.
The last major power outage in the city of Singapore in 2014 was blamed on an electrical fault.
At the time, Singaporeans said they feared the fireside would become a ghost town after the power went out.
On Saturday, Singapore Prime Minister Joo said the fires could have been much worse, and urged people to remain in their homes.
“If the fire breaks out in a building, we need to do everything we can to save the lives of Singaporeans,” he was quoted as saying.