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Marina Bay Suites fire: Firefighters had to climb almost 20 storeys

They took lift just to safe level, before working their way up to tackle blaze

Published on Jan 15, 2014 8:50 AM

To put out a fire raging on the 65th floor of a skyscraper on Monday night, firefighters took the lift just to a safe level, before climbing almost 20 storeys to confront the blaze.

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers had to call in all their training at the Marina Bay Suites condominium to fight the highest fire to occur here.

SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at about 10pm by a caller, whereupon it sent three fire engines, three light fire attack vehicles, four support vehicles and an ambulance to the scene. A total of 50 of its officers were involved in the incident, it said.

The first team of 10 officers that arrived took a fireman's lift - which can be operated in the event of a fire - from the ground to the 46th floor, said a source.

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