Bukit Batok Fire Originated On 26th Floor Of Blk 293D
In the early hours of Thursday (18 Jul), a fire broke out on the 26th floor of Block 293D in Bukit Batok.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the fire at 12.40am and successfully put it out. Their Facebook post stated that the cause of the fire was unknown.Source
E-scooters caused Bukit Batok fire
Unfortunately, an e-scooter exploding isn’t uncommon. Just last month, an e-scooter exploded and a man suffered 80% burns.
This time, the fire originated from 2 e-scooters. The scooters probably exploded, causing the unit to be set ablaze.Source
Residents rushed to help
Before the SCDF even arrived, the unit was already “heavily smoke-logged” from the fire.
However, instead of panicking, community volunteers of Zone 12 Residents Network decided to help.
When the police ordered the evacuation of over 70 residents, they opened the Residents Network Centre to house the affected parties.Residents Network Centre
A video even showed residents helping the SCDF personnel with a fire hose when they arrived.
Everyone was safe
Thankfully, the first-responders, SPF and SCDF’s brave actions resulted in 0 fatalities.
Firefighters from the SCDF managed to break into the smoke-logged unit with breathing apparatus and put out the fire with 2 water jets.Source
While putting out the fire, they rescued a man and woman from the unit before they were too seriously injured. The man suffered burns while the woman inhaled too much smoke.
Guidelines to charging your PMDs
As for personal mobility device (PMD) riders, you can follow these guidelines to avoid similar accidents.
- Charge your PMD away from flammable material
- Don’t charge your PMD immediately after using
- Don’t leave the battery charging even after it’s full — especially overnight
MS News hopes that all PMD riders will follow these guidelines properly, so there will be fewer of such incidents. We also wish the injured a swift recovery.