Two toddlers rescued from fire at Marsiling flat

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SINGAPORE: Police officers rescued two toddlers from a fire that had broken out at a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat in Marsiling late on Wednesday night (Jun 22).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it had been alerted to the fire at Block 218 Marsiling Crescent at around 10.40pm.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was raging and thick black smoke was coming from the unit. 

The fire involved the contents of a bedroom in a second-floor unit, said SCDF in a Facebook post, adding that the blaze was extinguished with one water jet. 

“As a result of the fire, the entire unit was affected by heat and smoke damage,” it added.  

As a precautionary measure, about 60 people from neighbouring units were evacuated by the police. 

Two toddlers who had been found conscious in the living room of the affected unit were rescued by two police officers. 

They were taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital by two SCDF ambulances.

“We understand that after the fire started, a member of the public had attempted to force open the door of the affected unit to rescue the two toddlers,” said SCDF.

SCDF said it would be contacting the person to commend him for his "quick-thinking and prompt action" in attempting to rescue the toddlers. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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