Another luxury car catches fire

GOING UP IN SMOKE: This car, believed to be a Lexus sports model, caught fire just after the Bukit Timah Expressway exit of the Pan Island Expressway at about 3pm last Saturday. The incident caused a massive traffic jam.


    Jun 19, 2013

    Another luxury car catches fire

    A LUXURY car that caught fire on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) caused a massive traffic jam last Saturday afternoon.

    A witness spotted the car in flames just after the Bukit Timah Expressway exit of the PIE at around 3pm.

    Mr H. G. Ho, 42, told My Paper: "I was driving on the opposite side of the road when I noticed the beginning of traffic congestion."

    The futures broker said: "When I looked over, there was a car on fire. There was also a Traffic Police officer diverting traffic."

    His daughter took pictures of the car, believed to be a Lexus sports model, and sent them to citizen-journalism website Stomp.

    Police confirmed that they received a call at 3.09pm requesting assistance on the PIE towards Changi Airport, at the BKE exit.

    A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told My Paper that a fire engine and a Rhino vehicle were dispatched.

    The fire was extinguished within five minutes using a water jet. No injuries were reported.

    This is the fourth reported case of a luxury car catching fire this year.

    A Ferrari burst into flames on Feb 28.

    A Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz were reported to have caught fire in separate incidents on May 23 and 24.

    According to a report released by the SCDF in February, there were 202 cases of vehicle fires last year, up from 188 in 2011 and 148 in 2010. There were 100 car fires last year.

    Most of the fires were caused by "ignition sources" such as overheating and of electrical origin within the engine compartment, it said.