51-year-old man 'burnt to death' inside Jurong West HDB flat, police investigating

Police have classified the case as an unnatural death.

Julia Yeo| November 08, 07:45 PM

Singapore police are investigating the unnatural death of a 51-year-old man in the living room of a Jurong West HDB flat.

In a statement shared with Mothership, the police said they were alerted to the case at 7:34am on Friday (Nov. 8). When the authorities arrived, the man was found lying motionless in the flat.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Fire reportedly likely to have started from within the flat

According to Lianhe Wanbao, there were no burn traces outside the sixth-floor corridor flat — therefore, the fire was likely to have been confined to the unit.

Neighbours reportedly noticed in the morning that smoke had been seeping out of the windows of the burning flat, and immediately called the police.

The police had reportedly arrived while the flat was still on fire, and had broken the windows in order to open the door to the flat.

Wanbao also reported that as the SCDF personnel and paramedics had not arrived yet, the police officers used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

Police classified case as unnatural death

Lianhe Wanbao also reported that police had classified the case as unnatural death as there was no suspicious evidence found in the unit.

Police investigations are still ongoing.

According to Wanbao, it was understood that the man who died was the owner of the flat, and he lived there with his family. He was reportedly the only one at home at the time of the incident.

Neighbours also reportedly said that the owner of the unit had been released from drug rehabilitation recently, and hardly interacted with others in the block.

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