Singapore Officials Identify E-Scooter as Source of Apartment Fire
SINGAPORE – According to an online news story published at straitstimes.com, officials in Singapore have identified an e-scooter as the source of an apartment fire that injured three people. About 100 people total had to be evacuated from the apartment building during the fire.*
The fire started at about 8:45 p.m. on February 4 in a unit on the sixth floor of a building located at Block 132 Cashew Road in Singapore. Approximately 100 people on the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth floors of the apartment building were evacuated due to the fire.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes using a water jet and foam. Three people were injured in the fire, and emergency crews took them to a local medical facility for treatment. The extent of their injuries is not known, and they have not been identified.
Upon investigation at the scene, firefighters and the Singapore Civil Defense Force determined that the fire originated in a bedroom of one of the sixth-floor apartments, and that an e-scooter had been the source of the fire.
“SCDF would like to remind the public of the preventative measures of such fires with some safety infographics,” the Singapore Civil Defense Force said in a message posted to social media after the fire. “Let’s be fire safe while we dip ourselves in the festive mood.”
The infographics posted along with the message cautioned people to not charge e-scooter batteries unattended, to not place the batteries near combustible materials, and to regularly check the batteries for signs of damage or corrosion.
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