Vehicle fire incident at Toa Payoh HDB Hub

Vehicle fire incident at Toa Payoh HDB Hub

A fire broke out at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh on Tuesday afternoon.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman told AsiaOne that they were alerted to the scene at about 1.30pm.

SCDF sent two fire engines, one red rhino and three support vehicles to the location.

The vehicle fire had involved the engine compartment of a sedan car located on Basement 1 of the HDB Hub's carpark.

About 20 people who were in the vicinity of the affected level were evacuated, said the SCDF spokesman.

SCDF extinguished the fire using two fire extinguishers and one hose reel jet.

No one was injured during the incident.

Investigations are still ongoing.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

SCDF Advisory: Tips on Preventing and Handling Vehicle Fire

(1) Primary Cause of Vehicle Fire

Most vehicle fires in Singapore occurred while the vehicles were travelling on the road. The primary cause of these fires is due to ignition sources such as overheating and electrical faults within the engine compartment.

(2) Equip your vehicle with a fire extinguisher

Most vehicle fires start small but develop rapidly due to the presence of flammables such as petrol, diesel and lubricants. Hence it is advisable for every vehicle to be equipped with a fire extinguisher so as to enable the driver to extinguish an incipient fire before it spreads.

For a step-by-step guide on how to operate a fire extinguisher, please visit the SCDF website link at:

http://www.scdf.gov.sg/content/scdf_internet/en/community-and-volunteers/publications.html

or download the SCDF application from the Apple and Android App store.

(3) Measures to minimise injury during a vehicle fire

While travelling, if a vehicle owner were to spot any sign of smoke emitting from his/her vehicle:

· Pull over safely to the side of the road,

· Turn off the ignition, and

· Evacuate everyone from the vehicle.

If you detect a fire and have a fire extinguisher with you, extinguish the fire and/or call 995 for the SCDF.

(4) Preventive Tips

To prevent your vehicle from catching fire, you are reminded to:-

· Service your vehicle regularly at authorised vehicle workshops.

· During each servicing session, ensure that the vehicle's electrical, engine and fuel systems are checked for any defect.

· Outside of scheduled servicing period, owners are encouraged to conduct visual checks for any sign of oil leakage.

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