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INFERNO: News of a fire that broke out at Singapore Polytechnic on Tuesday evening was reported by Stompers who saw the blaze.
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TRAGEDY: Stomper Nazreen reported a three-vehicle crash in the ECP involving a Lotus.
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SAMARITAN: An off-duty trainee officer with the SCDF went to the aid of an accident victim.


    Jul 19, 2013

    The go-to site for breaking news

    IF YOU are searching for breaking news, look no further than citizen-journalism website Stomp.

    This is something that Stomper David Hunter can attest to.

    The 44-year-old reported a fire that broke out in a staff office at Singapore Polytechnic on Tuesday evening.

    He had seen the blaze from his home nearby, and went to Stomp immediately to find out if anything had been reported.

    "Stomp is usually the place where I find an official mention of any incident first, so when I found no mention of the fire there - or anywhere else online - I decided to send in a report myself," he said.

    David was one of the many Stompers who submitted reports and photos of the fire to the website.

    A spokesman for the polytechnic said that there were no casualties. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

    Being near an incident like this, with a camera-enabled mobile phone in hand, is what allows citizen journalists to share breaking news on Stomp.

    Stomper Maggie took a photo of an off-duty trainee officer with the Singapore Civil Defence Force helping a severely injured motorcyclist after an accident in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, and wrote in to praise him.

    With the help of the trainee officer, identified by Maggie as Mr M.L. Tan from his name tag, the biker was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

    The regular stream of breaking news in Stomp also means that the website is a favourite hunting ground for print journalists - and many of Stomp's photos and reports end up in the mainstream media.

    One example is Stomper Nazreen's report about a horrific three-vehicle crash involving a red Lotus sports car and two cars on the East Coast Parkway (ECP) in the wee hours of last Saturday.

    The Stomper sent in photos of the mangled wreckage which were subsequently picked up by The New Paper.

    The newspaper later revealed that Mr Joseph Melvin David, 30, was the driver of the Lotus. The award-winning businessman, who founded an integrated subsea-services company, died in the crash.

    The report gave an insight into the victim's life and showed that he had a heart of gold, judging by a television appearance in which he helped a 76-year-old woman who sold tin cans and cardboard to support her grandson.

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