A family in Singapore got the shock of their lives when their washing machine caught fire during use.
A regular day of laundry turned horrifying for a Singaporean family, when their Samsung washing machine caught fire while it was still in use.
It was Nov 9, and close to noon time at the HDB flat in Block 469, Bukit Panjang. According to the Straits Times, the lady of the house had left her Samsung washing machine on in the kitchen toilet, for no more than 10 minutes, when she smelt something strange, only to find the machine up in flames and thick smoke!
She was quick to grab her 16-year-old daughter and flee from the scene. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident at around 11: 50 am. Thankfully, the family was left uninjured, and the blaze extinguished.
Toilet badly damaged
The fire has caused extensive damage to the toilet, with the walls, ceiling and even the air-conditioning pipes getting burnt. Also, almost all of the washing machine is lost, with only some charred metal left.
The 51-year-old owner of the house, a technician, revealed that the washing machine was purchased four years back for around $400. He is unaware of the exact model of the machine.
Samsung’s statement on washing machine catching fire in Singapore
As per The Straits Times, Samsung Electronics Singapore has responded to the incident and are trying to reach out to the affected user.
The firm said, “We are unable to comment on this specific incident until we obtain and thoroughly examine the product,” the firm said. Customer safety remains our highest priority and we want to work with any customer who has experienced an issue with a Samsung product in order to investigate the matter and support them.”
No respite for Samsung
Wednesday’s blaze has just added to the long list of woes for Samsung. Just last week, users in the United States had complained that top loading Samsung washing machines were exploding and the top of the machine detaching, during use.
Many people were reported injured by this unexpected behaviour of the machines. Subsequently, around 2.8 million top-load Samsung washing machines in the US were recalled.
But Samsung Electronics Singapore clarifies, “We can confirm that this does not impact top-load washer models sold outside of North America.”
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