3 conveyed to hospital after fire in Bukit Batok flat, 2 e-scooters likely cause

A fire broke out in a 26th-floor unit at Block 293D, Bukit Batok St 21 on the morning of 18 July, 2019. (PHOTOS: SCDF, Murali Pillai/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — Three people were conveyed to hospital and about 70 evacuated after a fire, believed to be caused by two e-scooters, broke out at a Bukit Batok flat early Thursday morning (18 July).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post that it responded to a fire in a 26th-floor unit at Block 293D, Bukit Batok Street 21 at about 12.40am.

SCDF firefighters forced their way into the heavily smoke-logged unit, where they rescued an unconscious man with burn injuries. The man was later conveyed to the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

A woman, who was also found in the flat, was conveyed to the Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire, which involved contents in the living room, was later extinguished using two water jets, said the SCDF.

While the authorities are investigating the fire and have yet to identify its cause, Member of Parliament for Bukit Batok Murali Pillai said in a separate Facebook post that the fire was “traced to two e-scooters”.

He also praised the “lion-hearted” community volunteers of Zone 12 Residents Network.

“When they learnt that the police ordered evacuation of 70-plus residents, they quickly opened the Residents Network centre for our affected residents to rest there,” said Murali.

The SCDF added that an elderly man who sustained injuries during the evacuation was sent to the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

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