Three escape vehicle fire unscathed

James Kon

Three individuals escaped unscathed when the vehicle in which they were travelling burst into flame on the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Highway yesterday afternoon.

The fire spread rapidly and destroyed the car, causing traffic congestion due to curious onlookers slowing their cars almost to a halt.

According to the Fire and Rescue Department, an emergency call was made at 12.07pm, which prompted fire fighters from the Berakas Fire Station, led by Deputy Station Officer Haji Jublee bin Haji Jalil, to rush to the scene.

Upon arrival, the car was already engulfed in flame. The driver and passengers managed to make a dash for safety beforehand. Meanwhile, it took the firefighters seven minutes to extinguish the fire.

The cause and estimated loss from the fire are under investigation.

The Fire and Rescue Department urged members of the public to improve knowledge on motor fire safety and to make sure vehicles are checked by accredited personnel to prevent fire mishaps, adding that cars that are over seven years should be serviced more frequently.

The agency also called on car owners to consider equipping their vehicles with fire extinguishers for emergency use.

When contacting the Fire and Rescue Department’s emergency hotline 995, members of the public are advised to provide information as accurately as possible.

ABOVE & BELOW: Firefighters work to put out the fire on a car on the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Highway yesterday afternoon; and fire personnel carrying out examination on the charred vehicle. PHOTOS: JAMES KON