Man sets himself on fire at geylang


fireA man in his 70s set himself on fire with a jar of combustible fluid at a Geylang carpark the previous evening.

Witnesses said they had seen him convey the can to the carpark at the intersection of Geylang Lorong 19 and Lorong Bachok at around 10pm yesterday.

He remained next to a TransCab taxi in a side of the carpark, poured the fluid on himself and set himself land.

The man blazed for around four minutes while passers-by raced to put out the flame with a flame douser that they took from a close-by coffeehouse.

A Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) representative said the man was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with copy wounds.

His condition was obscure as at press time.

A witness, Mr Heng Peng Kwang, told The New Paper that he had seen the man at the carpark grasping a metal can in his grasp.

The man then inclined toward the taxi yet Mr Heng did not see him pour the fluid on himself.

Mr Heng, 59, who was hanging out inverse the carpark with five companions, said in Mandarin: “I was suspicious at first however my companions chuckled at me since they thought the man was simply acting.”

Before long, he heard a blast.

Mr Heng, who works in the inn line, included: “There was a major “blast” and the following thing I saw were blazes that shot up high behind the taxi.”

Other individuals who saw what happened immediately hurried to the man’s guide.

A cloth and-bone man, Mr Koh Teo Mong, 68, told TNP in Mandarin: “He was simply yelling “Ahhhhh!” I attempted to search for water yet couldn’t discover any.”

The flame was put out around four minutes after the fact after a bystander completed a flame quencher from an adjacent café.

Mr Heng reviewed: “As he blazed, he was all the while remaining with arms outstretched.

“When we put the flame out, he was still cognizant yet had gone calm. His garments and hair were totally blazed off. He just remained there, solid and blazed.”

Mr Heng required the police and a rescue vehicle which landed in around 10 minutes.

TNP comprehends that the casualty endured serious severely charred areas.

The man was a known figure in that a portion of Geylang however his personality couldn’t be built up. Mr Heng said the man was seen on Monday playing Chinese chess at Rong Cheng Restaurant, which is close to the scene of the occurrence.

Police have affirmed the episode and examinations are progressing.


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