Jul 04, 2013

    Did paint left at void deck cause fire?

    A FIRE broke out yesterday at the void deck of a block of Housing Board flats in Clementi. According to residents, cans of paint had been left there by a contractor.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire in Clementi Avenue 5 at 1.20am.

    The fire had already been extinguished by members of the public when SCDF officers arrived at the scene.

    Civil servant Henry Lu, 51, who lives on the second storey, said he saw smoke as he was making his way down to the void deck.

    News about the incident was posted on citizen-journalism website Stomp.

    SCDF said that no one was injured in the fire.

    Mr Lu said that the fire occurred where the paint had been placed. Workers had been painting in the area.

    The source of the fire is still being investigated, said the SCDF.

    Early last month, a reader raised concerns on Stomp over the fire hazards posed by paint left at the void deck of a block of flats in Yishun.

    Discarded items accounted for one in four residential fires last year, according to an SCDF Fire, Ambulance and Enforcement Statistics report.

    There were 707 reported cases of residential fires last year. Eighteen people sustained injuries, mainly from smoke inhalation.