Singaporean who set fire to his flat: sent for psychiatric assessment

He has been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment.

Choa Chu Kang flat blaze: Man sets fire to flat after fight with wife

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Foo Jie Ying
The New Paper
Aug 3, 2015

A man, who had been arguing with his wife on the phone, ended up setting fire to his flat.

One of his tenants and her 3½-year-old daughter were in the flat at that time.

The Saturday evening blaze destroyed the flat but, fortunately, no one was hurt. The 45-year-old man was later arrested by police.

The dramatic events were recounted to The New Paper by the tenant’s husband, who wanted to be known only as Mr Johnson.

The 29-year-old said his wife had told him that from their room, they heard their landlord arguing angrily with someone on the phone.

His voice was booming even with their room door closed and he spoke in Mandarin.

Then, it got all quiet. About 15 minutes later, at about 7.40pm, smoke wafted into their room from the master bedroom.

Before they could figure out what happened, they heard frantic knocks on their door. It was their landlord, dressed in only his boxers, screaming:

“Come out!” Mr Johnson, his wife, also 29, and their daughter had just moved into the 12th-storey flat at Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, earlier that day.

Mr Johnson said: “When my wife called me about the fire, I quickly rushed home. I was working at a store nearby. I found my wife and daughter on the ninth storey. I made sure they were safe.”

“My landlord was sitting at the stairs, crying,” added Mr Johnson.

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He has been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment.

The Straits Times

Man charged with setting fire to his flat in Choa Chu Kang

Man charged with setting fire to his flat in Choa Chu Kang.

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SINGAPORE – A taxi driver was charged in court on Monday with mischief by fire for torching his unit in Choa Chu Kang last Saturday .

Koh Chong Huat, 44, is alleged to have used a lighter to set fire to the mattress in the master bedroom of his four-room HDB flat in Choa Chu Kang Drive at about 6.30pm that day.

He has been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/man-charged-with-setting-fire-to-his-flat-in-choa-chu-kang

Man arrested after 12th-floor fire in Choa Chu Kang block; 40 people evacuated

Man arrested after 12th-floor fire in Choa Chu Kang block; 40 people evacuated

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Choa Chu Kang fire: Multiple explosions heard, 45-year-old arrested

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“We thought it was a fight,” says eyewitness Shirley Pang, whose family heard multiple explosions coming from the block on fire.

45-year-old man arrested in relation to Choa Chu Kang fire

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The Straits Times

Man arrested after 12th-floor fire in Choa Chu Kang block; 40 people evacuated

Aug 2, 2015, 1:18 am SGT

SINGAPORE – A 45-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in relation to a fire in a Choa Chu Kang flat earlier in the day.

The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were notified of the fire on the 12th-floor unit of Block 688A at Choa Chu Kang Drive, just past 7.40pm.

Both the owner of the affected unit, as well as its tenants, had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived at the location.

Firefighters then evacuated some 40 people on the 12th, 13th and 14th floors of the block.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/man-arrested-after-12th-floor-fire-in-choa-chu-kang-block-40-people-evacuated

Cries for help heard after fire breaks out at Choa Chu Kang Crescent block 688A

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A fire broke out at Choa Chu Kang Crescent block 688A today evening (Aug 1) at around 8.30pm.

Stomper Kenneth and Winston contributed photos of the incident. Kenneth also said that onlookers at the void deck were heard crying for help.

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