Seven people rescued from jammed lifts after Golden Mile Complex fire

A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP
A fire broke out at the Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road on Wednesday, according to an employee working there. -- PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - Seven people were freed from lifts in which they had been trapped when a fire broke out at Golden Mile Complex on Wednesday afternoon

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at about 4.30pm and saw an electrical room on the ground floor of the building alight when they arrived shortly later.

By then, 200 people in the building had already made their own way out of the compound. The fire in the room was put out by firefighters using two water jets.

During that time, two lifts within the building stopped working. Seven people were trapped in the lifts, one of which stopped on the 8th, and the other, on the 10th floor.

The firefighters pried open the lift door on the 8th floor and rescued two women. One of them, a Chinese woman in her 60s, felt breathless and was sent to the Singapore General Hospital.

The other five people who were stuck inside the other lift on the 10th floor were freed by a lift technician.

SCDF said investigation into the cause of fire is ongoing.