5 INJURED BY EXPLODING HOTPOT AT BEACH ROAD

5 people were badly hurt after an explosion at a hotpot restaurant Chong Qing Original Steamboat last Saturday.

2 women suffered 3rd degree burns after boiling soup splashed on their faces. They were sent to hospital along with three others.

The accident occurred at about 3.45am on Saturday 4th April at the eatery on Beach Road.

39-year-old victim, Miss Yu, said she had been eating supper with a friend, with 2 Thai women seated at an adjacent table.

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She recounted that the portable stove she was using kept giving out clicking noises and turning off, and a waiter had fixed the problem by inserting a piece of paper to prevent the stove from automatically turning off.

Just as they were leaving, the stove exploded. She felt heat rush to her face and was unable to escape before the boiling soup splashed onto her left arm.

Miss Yu and one of the Thai women suffered third-degree burns to their faces. Miss Yu's friend also suffered burns on half her face.

The hotpot restaurant's owner said that this was the first time such an incident has happened, and suspects that the portable stove's gas canister was faulty.

He says he would visit the victims in hospital and discuss compensation with them.

In a statement, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the incident at around 4am. SCDF dispatched two ambulances and one fire engine to the scene.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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