Shortly after midnight today (7 Jun), a truck was reported to have caught fire on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).
According to TODAYonline, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) stated that it had been alerted to a vehicle fire at about 12:25am. The location of the fire was on the PIE in the direction of Changi, before the Bedok Reservoir Road exit.
A journalist from TODAYonline who passed by the scene also testified to seeing a truck engulfed in smoke and flames.
The SCDF said that the fire was eventually extinguished using two water jets.
The driver, a man in his 40s, was conveyed to Changi General Hospital (CGH) in Simei.
However, CGH has said that it could not comment on the victim’s condition due to patient confidentiality. As such, the man’s condition is unknown.
SCDF did not detail what the truck had been transporting.
Investigations regarding the cause of the fire are also underway.
PMD Caught Fire in Woodlands Lift, Causing Man to Suffer from Severe Burn Injuries
Another recent fire was one caused by a personal mobility device (PMD) in the lift of a Woodlands HDB block on 3 June.
A man was severely injured after a fire broke out in a lift at Block 537 Woodlands Drive 16.
The SCDF said it responded to the fire at about 11.25pm on the second floor of the block.
Fortunately, the fire was extinguished by members of the public using buckets of water before the SCDF arrived.
It added that a person was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) with severe burn injuries.
Around 90 residents from the affected block were also evacuated by the Police as a precautionary measure.
Unfortunately, the victim later passed away.
Described as “kind” and “gentle”, 20-year-old Muhammad Irfan Danish Azhar was known as “A” to former MP Amrin Amin. He had helped deliver briyani to needy residents in Woodlands on his PMD during Ramadan in 2018 and 2019.
“Only 20, A’s bright future crushed. I feel very sorry for his parents, family and friends. My deepest condolences for their profound loss. In this difficult time, I wish them strength and courage. We remember A for his warmth and kindness and the many lives he has touched,” Mr Amrin added.
He also urged owners of non-UL2272-certified PMD to dispose of it at an appropriate recycler.
It is unclear whether Mr Irfan’s PMD had a UL2272 certification.
According to The Straits Times, Mr Irfan’s girlfriend posted a copy of his death certificate on Instagram and wrote in a mix of Malay and English.
“It’s difficult to sleep without your ‘goodnights’… your ‘I’m home’, and the videos you’d send me when you’re home or when you just wake up.”
A Muslim funeral was held for Mr Irfan on 5 June at Masjid Maarof, a mosque in Jurong West.
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