Four escape unharmed from fire in Kovan home

Left: SCDF firefighters outside the unit on fire on Sunday. Top: The fire was suspected to have started in an electrical box in front of the house in Charlton Lane. Above: The front of the house was badly burnt.
The fire was suspected to have started in an electrical box in front of the house in Charlton Lane.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Left: SCDF firefighters outside the unit on fire on Sunday. Top: The fire was suspected to have started in an electrical box in front of the house in Charlton Lane. Above: The front of the house was badly burnt.
The front of the house was badly burnt.

A fire broke out on Sunday morning at a private housing estate in Kovan, forcing a family of four to flee their home.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said yesterday that it was alerted to the fire at 38 Charlton Lane at about 8.40am.

SCDF officers put out the fire using a water jet and a fire extinguisher, added the spokesman.

He also said that four people evacuated the unit prior to the arrival of SCDF officers, adding that no injuries were reported.

A video uploaded to Facebook page All Singapore Stuff showed a fire engine parked outside the house, with firefighters preparing hoses on the road.

Fire could be seen near the front door of the house. The blaze then suddenly grew in intensity for a few seconds, engulfing the ceiling and sending sparks flying.

Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday that the fire was suspected to have started in an electrical box located in front of the house.

It said the front portion of the house was badly burnt, and glass shards were seen strewn in the area.

A neighbour told Lianhe Wanbao that a couple in their 30s lived in the unit with two young children. She added that at least two of the family members were barefoot during the escape.

Neighbours attempted to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, and offered the family footwear and a place to rest as SCDF officers worked to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


SCDF firefighters outside the unit on fire on Sunday. PHOTO: REDDIT.COM

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2021, with the headline 'Four escape unharmed from fire in Kovan home'. Subscribe