Staff of energy utility company SP Group at the Carlton Hotel (Photo: www.todayonline.com)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Thousands of people were evacuated from Carlton Hotel in downtown Singapore after explosions and a subsequent fire erupted in a room containing electrical equipment, which also caused blackouts in nearby buildings, on February 14.

A representative of the Carlton Hotel said the incident was not terror-related and there were no injuries.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force, which in charge of emergency services, said there were no reported casualties.

The blazed happened in a switch room housing electrical equipment and was quickly extinguished by firefighters, they said.

The specific cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The incident caused a power blackout at the hotel and some nearby buildings for a short period, however electricity was quickly restored to all affected areas except the Carlton Hotel. –VNA