SCDF award for foreign workers who helped evacuate residents from fire at Sunset Place

Mr Rengasamy Kabilarasan (left) and Mr Marudapillai Jayavelu were given the SCDF Public Spiritedness Award on Wednesday (Nov 30) morning.
Mr Rengasamy Kabilarasan (left) and Mr Marudapillai Jayavelu were given the SCDF Public Spiritedness Award on Wednesday (Nov 30) morning.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Two foreign workers who climbed over the gates of a burning house to alert the residents were presented on Wednesday (Nov 30) with an award for their selfless act.

The fire on Nov 10 left a two-storey bungalow at Sunset Place badly charred. A lightning strike may be the cause of the fire that started at about 5.30pm.

In a Facebook post, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that Mr Rengasamy Kabilarasan and Mr Marudapillai Jayavelu were given the SCDF Public Spiritedness Award on Wednesday morning.

They were working at Sunset Place when the fire at the second storey of the house across the road broke out.

Neighbours told The Straits Times earlier that they tried calling out to the owner of the house and her maid from outside the gates, but failed to get their attention.

 

"Acting instinctively, the two foreign workers immediately ran over, scaled a gate to access the premises, alerted the occupants and quickly evacuated them to safety," SCDF said.

"Their heroic act helped to prevent any loss of lives in the raging house fire."

The award was presented to them by chairman of the Bukit Timah Citizens Consultative Committee Michelle Liem at the 1st SCDF Division Headquarters.