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Marina Bay Suites fire: Families of victims visit mortuary to identify bodies

Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIOBIN
Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIOBIN
Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. The bodies of the two security guards who died in the Marina Bay Suites fire have not been rele
Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. The bodies of the two security guards who died in the Marina Bay Suites fire have not been released to the families, even though they were at the mortuary on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIOBIN
Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, seen at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIOBIN
Relatives of 58-year-old security officer Mr Sim Lai Huat, one of the two victims of the Marina Bay Suites fire, seen at the Singapore General Hospital morgue. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIOBIN

The families of the two security guards who died in Monday night's fire on the 65th floor of the Marina Bay Suites condominium were at the mortuary on Wednesday morning to identify their bodies.

Mr Sim Lai Huat's wife, son and two daughters arrived at about 8am, accompanied by Mr Sim's elder brother. They were too distraught to speak to the media.

Mr Sim's son was seen talking at length with a man believed to be representing Pico Guards, the firm that employed the 58-year-old and Ms Sooria Kala Kanaseon, 34, a Malaysian colleague who also died in the fire.

At about 9am, a man believed to be Ms Sooria Kala's husband arrived and was seen speaking to the same man, as well as police officers. He declined to talk to the press and left at about 9.45am.

Pico Guards' managing director Sri Narayan Singh told The Straits Times on Tuesday that the two guards had taken a service lift up to the 65th floor to investigate after a fire alarm went off on Monday night.

He added that the company, which employs over 500 staff, will pay for both victims' funeral expenses and is helping Ms Sooria Kala's family to repatriate her body to Malaysia.

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