Three cars damaged in wee hour fire

James Kon

A vehicle caught fire at the parking lot of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) in the wee hours of yesterday, causing damage to two other vehicles parked nearby.

According to the Fire and Rescue Department, six firefighters led by Acting DSO Metussin bin Haji Asmat from Beribi Fire Station responded to the 2.49am emergency call.

The team determined that the fire had engulfed the saloon car’s engine. The vehicle belonged to a foreigner. The cause of the fire is under inverstigation.

Statistics showed that firefighters have responded to 75 emergency calls on vehicle fires from January 20 to October 27, 2020. On average, there are two vehicle fires per week or eight per month.

In light of the growing number of vehicle fires, the Fire and Rescue Department urged motorists to enhance their knowledge on vehicle fire safety and to ensure the installation of electrical wiring for a vehicle’s electronic equipment is performed by skilled professionals. It is also advisable to keep a fire extinguisher for vehicles that are over seven years, and to have frequent checks by accredited workshops.

In the event of an emergency, the public can contact 995 and provide accurate information of the incident.

The vehicle gutted by the blaze. PHOTO: FRD