Two cars catch fire in separate incidents on Sunday night in Bugis, Hougang

An Alfa Romeo car (left) caught fire at the junction of Upper Serangoon Road and Hougang Avenue 4, while a private-hire car caught fire in a separate incident in Bugis on June 3, 2018.
An Alfa Romeo car (left) caught fire at the junction of Upper Serangoon Road and Hougang Avenue 4, while a private-hire car caught fire in a separate incident in Bugis on June 3, 2018.PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK, SHIN MIN READER

SINGAPORE - Two cars, including an Alfa Romeo, caught fire in separate incidents on Sunday night (June 3).

In the first incident, a car in Bugis caught fire in Tan Quee Lan Street at about 7pm.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the case at about 7.30pm, and dispatched two fire engines and two fire bikes to the scene.

The fire was extinguished by members of the public using an extinguisher before the SCDF arrived, said the spokesman.

Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Monday that the driver of the private-hire car was seen coming out of the vehicle once she spotted smoke.

Upon noticing that the car was catching fire, a quick-thinking passer-by handed the woman a fire extinguisher, which she used to put out the fire.

When the firefighters arrived, the car was already covered in ash, reported Shin Min.

In a separate incident, an Alfa Romeo car also caught fire in Hougang at around 8pm that same day.

SCDF said it responded to the fire at the junction of Upper Serangoon Road and Hougang Avenue 4.

The fire involved the engine compartment, and was extinguished by SCDF officers using two compressed air foam backpacks and a water jet, said the spokesman.

According to Shin Min, a family of three were driving towards Hougang Avenue 4 when smoke started emitting out of the hood of the car.

The couple and their son then exited the vehicle.

Videos posted on social media showed tall plumes of smoke emanating from the stationary car, which had its hazard lights on.

There were no reported injuries from the incident. The cause of fire is under investigation, said SCDF.