Car catches fire at Airport Boulevard; no reported injuries

A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.
A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.PHOTO: STOMP
A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.
A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.PHOTOS: STOMP
A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.
A car caught fire at Airport Boulevard on May 25, 2017.PHOTO: STOMP
The remains of a car fire that took place on the morning of May 25, clean up efforts finished at about 2.30pm.
The remains of a car fire that took place on the morning of May 25, clean up efforts finished at about 2.30pm.ST PHOTO: CAMILLIA DEBORAH DASS

SINGAPORE - A car turned into a ball of flames at Airport Boulevard on Thursday (May 25) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) put out the fire using two water jets, it said.

Photos and videos of the smoke and bright orange flames were sent to Stomp.

Taxi driver Andy Kwan, 35, taxi driver, said he was was dropping off a passenger at Terminal 1 when he saw the car "explode".

Mr Kwan saw 'very dark' smoke from about 50m away, then the car in front of his started to slow down.

He was beside the car when it exploded to the right, and he could feel the heat in his taxi.

"It happened in a matter of seconds. It was very fast and a very big fire," he said.

A man and a woman emerged from the car and ran away. He called the SCDF.

At about 11.30am, the fire was extinguished, said Mr Ronald Sng, 53.

The taxi driver said he saw a fire engine and four police cars there as he drove to the airport.

He was stuck in a jam for about 15 minutes.

SCDF was alerted to the incident at 10.54am. It sent one fire engine, two Red Rhinos and two fire bikes to the scene.

There were no reported injuries and investigations into the fire are ongoing.

A few car fires have been reported in the last few weeks.

A Volkswagen Golf hatchback caught fire along the Pan-Island Expressway towards Jurong, near the Toa Payoh Lorong 6 exit, on Monday afternoon.

A car caught fire at Woodlands Drive 50 last Friday evening.

Two Transcab taxis were also involved in fires - one on Marymount Road on Monday and one along Commonwealth Avenue on April 30.

The two fires were caused by gas leaking into the cabins of the compressed natural gas (CNG) taxis, which were ignited by cigarettes being lit.

The Straits Times understands that the car that burst into flames at Airport Boulevard is not a CNG model.