2 die in Singapore hi-rise fire: Two security officers died in a fire at the hi-rise Marina Bay Suites in Singapore on Monday night, according to reports.
The two victims were identified by police as 34-year-old Ms. Sooria Kala from Malaysia, and 58-year-old Mr. Sim Lai Huat from Singapore.
At 10:10pm on Monday evening, police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to an incident at the hi-rise condominiums located at 3 Central Boulevard.
Firefighters discovered smoke coming from several upper levels, and were able to trace the smoke to the 65th floor.
As they made their way to the floor, they encountered heavy smoke and intense heat.
They had to use breaking tools to force their way into the service lift lobby area of the 65th floor, and found it completely engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire with three water jets, said the SCDF.
The fire was confined to the service corridor and lift area, involving what was evidently renovation materials.
Several residents had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of officers, and a few were evacuated from the 53rd floor upwards after officers arrived.
Residents were allowed to return to their units once the situation was under control.
Investigations into the fire are ongoing.
Residents of the hi-rise suites were reportedly left shaken by the incident.
One resident, an Indonesian tourist, told The Straits Times that she panicked and ran out in her pyjamas when the alarm sounded at about 9:40pm. The lifts were not working, so she had to take the stairs down from the 53rd floor.
She said, “I bought an apartment in Singapore because it’s very safe and clean here. But now I want to sell my unit”.