DO NOT PUBLISH - Boy, 8, tried to put out fire in his flat on his own before firefighters arrive

Eight-year-old Fazreen Sani was alone at home in a Teck Whye Crescent flat, when a blanket hanging outside his flat caught fire on Friday afternoon. He was watching television when he saw smoke entering his kitchen window just before 3pm.&n
Eight-year-old Fazreen Sani was alone at home in a Teck Whye Crescent flat, when a blanket hanging outside his flat caught fire on Friday afternoon. He was watching television when he saw smoke entering his kitchen window just before 3pm. -- ST PHOTO: Nadarajan Rajendran

An eight-year-old boy was alone at home in a Teck Whye Crescent flat, when a blanket hanging outside his flat caught fire on Friday afternoon. Speaking to The Straits Times, Fazreen Sani said he was watching television when he saw smoke entering his kitchen window just before 3pm.

Although he was afraid, the primary two pupil immediately tried throwing cups of water to put out the flames but to no avail. A towel in the kitchen had also caught fire.

His cries for help were then heard by neighbours, who called the police for help. Officers and firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defence Force arrived within minutes to find that most of the fire had already died down.

"I was so scared I was shaking, but I thought I should try putting out the fire first," he said in Malay. Fazreen did not sustain any injuries, and little damage was caused to the flat. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Attempts by the boy's relative to contact Fazreen's parents, who are believed to have been out working at the time of the incident, were unsuccessful.