Jalan Jambu Ayer in Bukit Timah, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

An 80-year-old man was able to escape – thanks to help from his domestic worker – from his home in Bukit Timah, Singaporeafter a fire broke out on Monday.

The fire – the cause of which is still under investigation – started on the second floor of the terrace house on Jalan Jambu Ayer at about 1.10pm, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

A 50-year-old neighbor told the reporter the blaze went up so strongly and quickly that clouds of black smoke came out of the windows. Fortunately, the old tenant and his maid had got out on their own.

The pair were seen standing in the street nervously watching firemen trying to contain the blaze.

Firefighters were able to put the blaze out shortly after they arrived. The unit was badly burned and had a big hole in the roof. The lawn also suffered severe burn marks.

The landlord said the old man and his maid were unharmed. They were able to stay temporarily with a relative until the house is declared safe and has been repaired.

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