The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post that a fire had broken out earlier this morning (19 january) at about 6.10am.
The incident happened at Block 723 Jurong West Avenue 5 and according to preliminary investigations, was caused by the battery pack of a Power Assisted Bicycle (PAB).
5 people were conveyed to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Here is the statement:
[Fire @ Block 723 Jurong West Ave 5]
Earlier this morning (19 Jan) at about 6.10am, SCDF was alerted to a fire at the aforementioned location.
Upon SCDF’s arrival, the fire could be seen inside a unit on the 3rd floor. The fire involved the contents of a living room and was extinguished with one Compressed Air Foam (CAF) Backpack.
Six occupants had evacuated from the unit prior to SCDF’s arrival. SCDF conveyed five occupants to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.
About 45 people from neighbouring units self-evacuated before SCDF’s arrival.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire had originated from the battery pack of a Power Assisted Bicycle. The battery was being charged at the time of the fire.
SCDF would like to remind the public on the prevention of PMD/PAB fires, including not to charge batteries for an extended period of time or overnight. Do not buy or use non-original batteries. See the accompanying infographic for more fire safety tips.