Spotlight on fire protection at HDB homes after string of blazes

Having a fire extinguisher at home is essential but many don't have it

A fire broke out at a unit in Block 293D Bukit Batok Street 21 last Thursday. A 40-year-old man who was rescued from the flat died on Saturday from third-degree burns. Several others were injured. Experts recommend that homes be equipped with a fire
Since June last year, it has been mandatory for all new residential homes to have smoke detectors installed.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Bukit Batok resident Regina Wong said that after last Thursday's fire at the Housing Board block opposite hers, she has decided to get a fire extinguisher.

The fire at a unit in Block 293D Bukit Batok Street 21 saw firefighters pulling out from the burning flat a 40-year-old unconscious man, who died on Saturday afternoon from third-degree burns. Several others were injured.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2019, with the headline 'Spotlight on fire protection at HDB homes after string of blazes'. Subscribe