Several Singaporeans reported that they heard loud explosions and saw smoke coming from the Carlton Hotel at 76 Bras Basah Road, about an hour ago.
Several photos showing Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at the scene have been circulating on social media. One eyewitness, Facebook user Ricardo Sentosa reported that he heard a “small explosion” around 1.20pm, before he heard a second explosion.
Ricardo also shared a video on social media showing smoke wafting out of a blackened back door at the hotel:
Two explosions at Carlton hotel, hope everyone is ok.Video captured from Venuerific office, based out of Odeon Towers.
Posted by Ricardo Sentosa on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
The SCDF has since revealed that it responded to a fire at the hotel, around 1.15pm. The SCDF updated two hours later, at 3.15pm, that the fire was contained in a switch room and that 1,000 people were evacuated from the hotel as officer put out the flames with fire extinguishers. There were no reported injuries.
Posted by Yasuji Seki on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Meanwhile, some netizens have also reported power outages at offices and MRT stations in the Bugis Area. One netizen sent a picture to Channel NewsAsia, showing a blackout Chinatown MRT station:
Another individual, Ho Shao Dong, reported that it appeared as though the entire Bras Basah Complex building also experienced a blackout.
Confirming that electricity supply to some areas in central Singapore was disrupted, SP Group said: “Our officers were immediately deployed to the affected areas and our priority is to restore supply as safely and quickly as possible. Supply has been restored to most of these locations. We are investigating the cause of the incident.”
It is unclear whether the power outages are linked to the fire and explosions at the Carlton Hotel.