10 fires that made the news in the last month

Is it just me or does it seem like there is news of a fire breakout every few days? Just last month alone, there were at least 10 fire breakouts reported on the news. Flames lapped up houses, dormitories and even restaurants. Here are the 10 most recent cases of fire breakouts.

1) 17 June 2015

Bishan flat fire

A flat in Bishan was engulfed in fire as its unaware owner was fast asleep, home alone. Thick plumes of smoke were escaping the 12th storey kitchen at Block 122, Bishan Street 12 when a neighbour spotted the fire from the foot of his block and desperately tried to knock at the door. It took 15 minutes of unrelenting knocking to wake the sleeping lady who was drowsy from medication.

2) 15 June 2015

Car catches fire outside Rivervale Plaza

A car outside Rivervale Plaza was ablaze on Monday evening – but SCDF says the fire was extinguished using a water jet and no injuries were reported. http://bit.ly/1MWC1Jd(Video: Mr Andy)

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Monday, June 15, 2015

50-60 people witnessed a raging fire ravage a car on a busy road outside Rivervale Plaza in Sengkang. No one was reported injured and investigations are still pending.

3) 14 June 2015

Albert Centre Market and Food Centre


A fire broke out in the ventilation duct of Albert Centre at 4.20pm. 30 people were evacuated from the upper storey of the food centre while the rest cleared before SCDF arrived. It took 45 minutes to put out the fire and one was injured.

4) 12 June 2015

Kampong Glam restaurant

A fire broke out outside the alley of Bushra Cafe, a Turkish restaurant in Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam in the early morning. Firemen put the fire out at the al fresco area within 10 minutes and two men were rushed to the hospital.

SCDF said the closet that caught fire contained three liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. A chef was adjusting their gas cylinders as the gas supply was low. She accidentally opened an additional cylinder, causing gas to rush out and causing the fire to break out.

Neighbouring unit, Dapur Penyet’s electrical box caught fire too as it was located near Bushra Cafe’s closet of gas cylinders.

5) 11 June 2015

Choa Chu Kang construction site

VIDEO: Three Singapore Civil Defence Force firefighters sent to hospital after a 3-storey dorm at a construction site in Choa Chu Kang caught fire. http://bit.ly/1L2O5uu

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Three firefighters had to be rushed to the hospital after battling a fire that broke out at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1’s construction site. The fire in the three-storey dormitory was extinguished within an hour.

6) 10 June 2015

Yio Chu Kang house fire

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A raging fire swallowed a house in the middle of the night in Yio Chu Kang, leaving two people dead and six other injured, including a firefighter. It took six water jets and more than one hour to put out the fire, which destroyed the house.

7) 31 May 2015

Jalan Waringin house fire

A fire broke out at a Jalan Waringin terrace house at early evening about 4.15pm. Smoke and fire spread through the roof of the corner unit and the fire then spread to the roof of house next to it. Three people had to be evacuated from the house and no one was injured.

8) 30 May 2015

McNair Road flat fire

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A fire broke out at Blk 110, McNair Rd in Balestier. 15 people had to be evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

9) 24 May 2015

Clementi flat fire

A fire broke out in the master bedroom of a flat in Blk 376, Clementi Ave 4 on Sunday. Two loud explosions were heard as residents of the unit on the ninth floor evacuated. The windows of the flat shattered following the explosions, sending shards of glass crashing onto the ground. 50 others from the block also had to be evacuated, but no one was reported injured.

10) 22 May 2015

Car catches fire outside a mosque in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6

Smoke started billowing from the boot of a car before it burst into flames near Al-Muttaqin Mosque at 8pm. Thankfully, all four people in the car fled unharmed. The car went up in flames just one or two minutes after they alighted.

Rise in the number of fire calls

The spade of fire outbreaks got us questioning if there are really more incidences or is it just social media that is making news more prominent. SCDF statistics show that last year there was a massive increase in the number of fire calls by 14.2 per cent to a total of 4,724 calls to respond to fire were made between Jan and Dec 2014, hitting a five-year-high. In 2013, 4,136 fires calls were made. SCDF attributed the spike in 2014 calls to a dry spell and an increase in vegetation fires.

The cause of the recent fires are still under investigation. But with temperatures hitting at least 30 degrees throughout most of May and June, it looks like another dry spell.

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With references from SCDF, Rivervale Plaza, Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, Kampong Glam restaurant, Choa Chu Kang construction, Jalan Waringin house fire, McNair Road flat fire, Kampong Glam restaurant, Ang Mo Kio