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At least four vehicles catch fire across Singapore

Two cars, a lorry and a bus caught fire on the road on Thursday (Aug 21).

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had a busy day on Thursday (Aug 21), tending to a rash of vehicle fires.

At 7am, they were alerted to a car engulfed in flames along the East Coast Parkway (ECP) near the Bayshore Road exit. It had been travelling in the direction of Changi. They extinguished the fire with one water jet, and a Chinese man was sent to Changi General Hospital with abrasions on his chin and forearm.

At 11:58am, SCDF was notified of another car on fire at the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) towards Tuas near the Jurong Pier Road exit. It sent one fire engine, one Red Rhino and two fire bikes, as with the earlier car fire, but this time, no one was injured.

Nearly two hours later at 1:51pm, SCDF was tipped off to a lorry fire at the Changi Cargo Complex. Mr Jason Wee, a freight holder working at the cargo complex, Instagrammed the following photo of the lorry in flames past 2pm. He said the blaze raged on for about an hour and says it looked to have started because of overheating of the engine.

(Photo: Jason Wee)

On Thursday evening, Channel NewsAsia Facebook fans sent in photos of an articulated or "bendy" bus on fire outside the Ten Mile Junction LRT station along Woodlands Road and near the Junction 10 mall. 

(Photo: J Jothi Theanmoli Henna)

No one was injured and SMRT says there were no passengers on board at the time. "An off-service SMRT bus that was on its way to Kranji depot caught fire possibly due to electrical short circuit earlier this evening, around 7.15pm at 10 Mile Junction," Mr Patrick Nathan, Vice President of Corporate Information and Communications at SMRT said in a statement.

"Our bus control centre dispatched staff on ground immediately and SCDF was activated to extinguish the fire. The fire was put out at 7.33pm and was towed back to the depot for further investigation," he said. 

(Photo: Jiva Ananthan)

In light of today's incidents, SCDF is reminding the public of tips to prevent their vehicles from catching fire. A spokesperson says most vehicle fires are due to ignition sources such as overheating and electrical faults within the engine compartment, and that drivers should service their vehicles regularly at authorised workshops, check for any signs of oil leakage, and equip their vehicles with fire extinguishers. More details are available at the SCDF website.