E-bike left to charge likely cause of house fire

Firefighters took nearly two hours to put out the fire that engulfed the Little India terrace house on Friday night.
Firefighters took nearly two hours to put out the fire that engulfed the Little India terrace house on Friday night. PHOTO: SCDF FACEBOOK

A fire that engulfed a terrace house in Little India on Friday night was likely sparked by a power-assisted bicycle that was left charging, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.

SCDF released its preliminary investigation findings into the incident at 8 Sing Avenue in a Facebook post yesterday.

No one was hurt in the fire, which happened at about 9pm. It took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the flames. At the height of the fire, seven water jets were used to bring it under control.

SCDF said that preliminary investigations indicate the cause of the fire is of electrical origin and had originated from a power-assisted bicycle that was being charged.

It reminded the public that such fires can be prevented by observing the fire safety tips on charging personal mobility devices.

Users should avoid overcharging the battery on their devices and leaving them to charge overnight. They should also place the batteries on hard flat surfaces to allow heat to dissipate, SCDF said.

The number of electric scooters that burst into flames soared to 40 last year, a sharp rise from nine in 2016, according to SCDF figures released in February.

Ng Hui Wen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'E-bike left to charge likely cause of house fire'. Print Edition | Subscribe