Mrs Wong was in her living room when she heard panicked knocking on the door of her terrace home.

She hurried to the door with her son and her maid and saw a lady screaming that there was a fire in a nearby house.

Stepping out of her home, Mrs Wong got the shock of her life when she saw a huge fire which had engulfed her neighbor’s house just 2 doors away.

“I was scared,” said Mrs Wong. “The fire was huge and it was burning through the roof. I was afraid it would spread to our home.”

The fire occurred at about 6.40PM at Ming Teck Park, near Holland Road, on Tuesday (6th Oct).

Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the concerned lady passer-by, no one was hurt. The owners of the house which caught fire were out at the time of the blaze.

“I heard that this woman was on the bus when she saw the fire and immediately alighted to warn us residents. She did a good deed,” Mrs Wong said.

Her immediate neighbour, a 65-year-old male retiree, was showering when the fire broke out.

He told Chinese daily Shin Min: “I wouldn’t have known what happened had it not been for three passers-by who informed me.”

According to Shin Min, it is believed an air-conditioning unit on the 2nd storey of the building had short-circuited and caused the fire.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to the fire and quickly dispatched firefighters to the scene, who were able to put out the fire within half an hour.

However, Mrs Wong and neighbors were allowed back into their homes only after 10pm.

The SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire.

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