21 cases of vehicle fire in three months: FRD

James Kon

In a span of three days, the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) recorded three vehicle fire cases involving six vehicles with two persons sustaining injuries in the Brunei-Muara District and Tutong District while the department recorded 21 cases of vehicle fire from January to March this year.

In the Wednesday morning incident, a blaze destroyed two vehicles and damaged another two at a compound of a house in Kampong Jerudong while two foreign workers sustained burn injuries when a blaze engulfed a van in Kampong Bebatik on Thursday. Meanwhile, a lorry transporting soil began emitting smoke after experiencing a jammed brake at the right rear tyre in Tutong yesterday.

An emergency call about the fire at the house in Kampong Jerudong was received at 10.44am, according to the FRD.

Two fire engines and 10 firefighters led by DSO Serudin bin Haji Osman were deployed to the scene.

Firefighters found two vehicles engulfed by flames while two vehicles parked nearby were damaged.

Firefighters extinguished the fire. No injuries were recorded.

The cause of the fire is believed to be from a faulty electrical alternator for the airflow sensor.

Firefighters douse fire in one of the cars in Kampong Jerudong. PHOTO: FRD
The van damaged by fire on Thursday. PHOTO: FRD

The estimated cost of damages is around BND5,200.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian man and a Chinese man sustained burn injuries when a van caught fire in the area of Mim Nun Jaya Complex, Kampong Bebatik on Thursday.

The Indonesian sustained 60 per cent burn injuries on both hands, legs, chest and back. He is receiving treatment at the Burn Unit of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital. The Chinese man who sustained 50 per cent burn injuries on both hands returned home after treatment.

The Fire and Rescue Department on receiving the emergency call around 9.43pm deployed two fire engines and 10 firefighters from the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire Station led by Station Officer Haji Ali bin Haji Muhammad.

The fire had been extinguished by the vehicle owner and three workshop workers when the fire personnel had arrived. The fire had damaged the engine of the vehicle owned by a foreign woman.

The fire is believed to have been caused from a spark of the alternator resulting in gasoline vapour while cleaning the hose of the air conditioner. The estimated cost of damages is BND5,000.

The lorry transporting soil which experienced a jammed brake at the right rear tyre near Lubok Pulau Petrol Station, Tutong (KOPEKLAP) began emitting smoke.

Two fire engines with 10 firefighters from the Tutong Fire Station led by DSO Rinald bin Tingng rushed to the scene. The smoke had been brought under control when the firefighters arrived.

The lorry driver, an Indonesian, did not sustain injuries. The estimated cost of damages is around BND400.

The FRD urged the public to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition and to check the wiring. Modification and maintenance should be carried out by accredited mechanics.