Car catches fire along Lornie Road, causing traffic congestion

Police officers at the scene after a car caught fire along Lornie Road on Oct 18, 2017.
Police officers at the scene after a car caught fire along Lornie Road on Oct 18, 2017. PHOTO: @YOKEY017/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - A car caught fire along Lornie Road in the direction of Upper Thomson on Wednesday (Oct 18) morning, resulting in delays for motorists caught in the traffic jam.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 9.18am and dispatched two fire engines and a fire bike.

The blaze, which involved the car's engine compartment, was put out using two water jets.

No injuries were reported. Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing. 

A Facebook video uploaded on the Fabrications About The PAP page showed smoke rising from the burning vehicle and  SCDF personnel working to extinguish the fire.

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Student Muhammad Rafiee Mohamad Sarif, 24, was driving home in his van at about 9.50am when he was caught in the congestion.

He saw the burnt remains of a BMW sedan and spotted the driver, a middle-aged man, talking to police officers.

"I was stuck in the jam for about 20 minutes as only the right lane of the three-lane road was accessible at one point," he added.

The Land Transport Authority first tweeted about the incident at 9.53am, warning motorists of an "obstacle".

Subsequent updates said the jam stretched to the Pan-Island Expressway, with its latest tweet at 10.32am advising motorists to avoid the left lane.