Car bursts into flames at bus stop along Yio Chu Kang Road; no one injured

The car caught fire at the junction of Serangoon North Avenue 5 and Yio Chu Kang Road, moments after the driver stepped out of his vehicle.
The car caught fire at the junction of Serangoon North Avenue 5 and Yio Chu Kang Road, moments after the driver stepped out of his vehicle.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A car burst into flames at a bus stop along Yio Chu Kang Road on Saturday afternoon (Dec 16), moments after the driver stepped out of his vehicle.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fact that a car was on fire at the junction of Serangoon North Avenue 5 and Yio Chu Kang Road at around 4pm.

Officers used two compressed air foam backpacks to put out the fire.

There were no injuries and the SCDF is investigating.

The Straits Times understands that the driver had noticed smoke from the bonnet of his black Opel while driving.

He then stopped at the bus stop and got out. The car caught fire shortly after.

A 48-year-old interior designer, who wanted to be known only as Mr Su, told Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily that he was leaving his office with a colleague when he saw the car on fire.

However, the driver was no where in sight, he said.

"My colleagues and I rushed back to the office to get a fire extinguisher, and tried to use it to extinguish the flames, but we were unsuccessful," Mr Su said.

A six-minute video uploaded on Facebook on Saturday night showed the entire vehicle engulfed in flames, with billowing black smoke rising in the air. Explosive sounds could also be heard.

At least four SCDF officers were at the scene, and they took around three minutes to put out the blaze.