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Security guard who died in Marina Bay Suites fire thought alarm was false

That is why she and colleague went up to 65th floor of upscale condo to investigate

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:22 AM
Security guards Sim Lai Huat and Sooria Kala Kanaseon were burned to death when they went to investigate the fire. -- PHOTOS: MR SIM WAI KIANG/ PICO GUARDS

A security guard who died in a fire on the 65th floor of Marina Bay Suites on Jan 13 believed it was a false alarm, which she and her co-worker wanted to investigate, a coroner's inquiry heard yesterday.

The fire alarm at the upscale condominium had gone off numerous times in the past and all of them had been false.

This led Pico Guards security staff Sooria Kala Kanaseon, 34, and Sim Lai Huat, 45, to believe that the one triggered at around 9.55pm that night was more of the same, said a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) report submitted to the police.

Their supervisor Kuldip Singh, 53, told the police later that Ms Sooria Kala had said to him that the likelihood of a real fire was low.

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