SINGAPORE: A taxi caught fire and exploded on Commonwealth Avenue, near Buona Vista MRT station, on Sunday (Apr 30), injuring four people including a firefighter.
The taxi appears to belong to operator Trans-Cab.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire along Commonwealth Avenue, near the junction with North Buona Vista Road, at about 2.15pm.
It sent one fire engine, two fire bikes, one Red Rhino and two ambulances to the location.
Videos circulating widely on Whatsapp and social media showed firefighters already battling the blaze before the explosion took place.
Channel NewsAsia reader Jerome Teo, who was at Star Vista at the time, said he heard a "very loud explosion" and that black smoke could be seen from there.
Four men, including an SCDF firefighter, sustained minor injuries and were taken to National University Hospital, SCDF said.
According to Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, the injured firefighter had first-degree burns to his face and neck. He has since been discharged from hospital and is recuperating, SCDF said, thanking the public for its concern in a subsequent update on Facebook.
The fire was extinguished by SCDF using two water jets and a compressed air foam backpack.
Preliminary investigations by the SCDF and police revealed that the explosion was likely caused by a road traffic accident.
Investigations by SCDF, the police and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) are ongoing, SCDF said.
Channel NewsAsia has reached out to Trans-Cab for comment.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong praised the two firefighters for bravely battling the blaze before the taxi exploded.
"Good to learn that the firefighter caught in the blast is ok ... The Home Team works hard to protect Singapore and Singaporeans," he wrote.