Fire breaks out at Samsung store in AMK mall

Fire breaks out at Samsung store in AMK mall
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Published: 9:09 AM, March 28, 2017
Updated: 8:16 PM, March 28, 2017

SINGAPORE — A fire broke out at the Samsung Experience Store in the basement of AMK Hub early on Tuesday (March 28) before opening hours, leaving the shop closed for the entire day.

The management of the mall in Ang Mo Kio said that a small fire started at 1.25am on Tuesday in the storeroom of the Samsung outlet located at basement level one. No one was hurt.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that the fire, which affected an area measuring 1m by 2m, was put out by the building’s sprinkler system and firefighters using a water jet.

While some customers who were trying to enter the mall to get to the gym in the early morning were turned away, the mall’s spokesman said in a media statement — issued at about 10.45am — that except for the area around the Samsung store, which was closed to the public for safety reasons and to be cleaned up, the rest of the mall was open for business as usual.

“Fire safety regulations are of paramount importance at AMK Hub. We would like to assure all that the safety of our shoppers is our top priority,” the spokesman said. “We will cooperate with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire.” He added that the mall management could not comment further on the incident as investigations are underway.

In a separate press statement, Samsung Electronics said that it is assessing the damage to property and working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire. 

“The store will remain temporarily closed during this period. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused,” it added. 

A forum member on the online discussion portal HardwareZone Eat-Drink-Man-Woman wrote that he was stopped by a security guard from going to the Fitness First gym in the mall at around 7am on Tuesday, adding that there was still a smell of burnt material in the air.

Fitness First Singapore put up a notice on its Facebook page in the morning saying that its branch at AMK Hub, which is next to the Samsung store, was temporarily closed because of the fire. 

“We are working hard to resume operations as soon as possible,” the company said. 

Around 1pm, it notified its members that most of the gym facilities were reopened at the mall, except for a studio and selected areas, which would remain closed until further notice.

Seven years ago, a fire broke out in the same mall on Aug 3 around lunchtime and about 1,000 people were evacuated. The escalator connecting the first level to basement level one caught fire but was put out in about six minutes.