Smoke from e-scooter store fire seeped into my office: Eyewitness

PHOTO: Singapore Civil Defence Force
PHOTO: Singapore Civil Defence Force

Two men were conveyed to the Singapore General Hospital with minor burn injuries after a faulty battery in an e-scooter exploded in an electric scooter store at Delta House on Friday (15 December).

Yahoo News Singapore understands that the men, aged 28 and 49, are both employees of Falcon PEV, which is located on the sixth level of the building.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to an incident at 2 Alexandra Road at about 11am.

The fire, extinguished by the SCDF, involved a faulty battery in an electric scooter.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Smoke was thick at e-scooter store

An eyewitness working at business consultancy firm A.s.louken Group told Yahoo News Singapore that smoke from the fire had seeped into her office located at the other end of the same floor. She could also smell something burning.

The 38-year-old front desk administrator, who only wanted to be known as Ms See, said that about 30 employees, including herself, were asked by the SCDF to evacuate the office at about 11.45am. She later returned to her workplace at about 1pm.

Other businesses on the same floor were also asked to evacuate, she added.

“You wouldn’t be able to see your hands in front of you if you were standing nearer to the electric scooter store (as the smoke was very thick)… I saw paramedics coming over (to attend to the injured),” said Ms See.

An announcement informing customers that Falcon PEV “will be closed this weekend (15 to 17 December) for repairs and upgrades” was later posted on their Facebook page at about 12.23pm.

It was also uploaded on their webpage.

SCREENCAP: Falcon PEV – Home of the Best Electric Scooters/Facebook
SCREENCAP: Falcon PEV – Home of the Best Electric Scooters/Facebook

Multiple calls made to the store by Yahoo News Singapore at around 3.05pm were left unanswered.

On their site, Falcon PEV, established in 2013, is described as “an e-mobility pioneer based in Singapore providing commuters with the highest quality electric scooters, electric bicycles and original spare parts”.

Separately, the SCDF was alerted to two other fire incidents involving personal mobility devices (PMDs) on Friday. There were no casualties at both incidents, which occurred at 114 Pasir Ris Street 11 and Sembawang Park.

In a post uploaded on their Facebook page around 4.10pm, the SCDF said that preliminary investigations for all three incidents indicated that the fire occurred while repair works were being carried out on the PMDs.

From January to October this year, there were 38 cases of fires involving PMDs, up from 25 cases over the same period last year, said the SCDF.

The SCDF advises members of the public to approach their PMD retailer to get their devices inspected or repaired if they suspect any fault with them.