An elderly man was taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a flat at Marsiling on Tuesday (October 1). The fire was due to several personal mobility device (PMD) batteries which had been on charge mode.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the fire on the 11th floor of Block 214, Marsiling Lane at about 4.30am.
However, by this time, an occupant in the house already extinguished the fire using buckets of water.
According to a Facebook post by the SCDF, they added, “Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates that it was of electrical origin from one of three PMD batteries which were charging at the time of the fire”.
The elderly man, who was in the unit at the time, was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Photos shared by the SCDF show a charred PMD as well as blackened and burnt walls.
The Land Transport Authority encourages all PMD owners to use UL2272 certified devices. And, when purchasing a PMD to look out for the UL2272 Certification Marks.
Authorities also offer cash incentives and free disposal of PMDs that do not meet new fire-safety standards ahead of next July’s ban on the use of such devices.
Those with PMDs that do not meet the UL2272 standard can bring them to one of 181 locations across the island to dispose of them for free.
Registered e-scooter owners who come forward with their non-UL2272 e-scooters for disposal at the designated disposal points until Nov 30 will qualify for an early disposal incentive of S$100 per registered e-scooter.
Last week, four days after Mdm Ong Bee Eng’s accident with an e-scooter that caused severe injuries to her, she passed away.
She collided into an e-scooter in Bedok North on September 21, and was reportedly in critical condition after she sustained severe brain injuries and suffered from multiple fractures.
The elderly lady was put on life support, and according to media reports, doctors advised them to take her off of life support, but the family wanted her to pass away naturally. The police reported her death on Wednesday, September 25.
Four people were taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a flat in Jurong West on Sunday evening (August 18).
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire on the fifth-floor unit of Block 158 Yung Loh Road at about 7.45pm and put out the fire with a water jet.
Passers-by on the scene added that it was a large fire, with an explosion in the midst of the burning.
Those on scene also alleged that the fire was started by a charging Personal Mobility Device (PMD) along the corridor. -/TISG