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Firefighters save 3 from burning Bukit Batok flat in aerial rescue

SINGAPORE – Firefighters saved three people in a dramatic rescue operation after a fire broke out in a Bukit Batok flat early Friday (Nov 1) morning.

Firefighters conducted an aerial rescue of two men who were found standing on the ledge outside a 13th-storey flat's kitchen window. A woman was also rescued from a toilet in the flat.

Firefighters conducted an aerial rescue of two men who were found standing on the ledge outside a 13th-storey flat's kitchen window. A woman was also rescued from a toilet in the flat.

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SINGAPORE – Firefighters saved three people in a dramatic rescue operation after a fire broke out in a Bukit Batok flat early Friday (Nov 1) morning.

Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) forced their way into the 13th-storey unit at Blk 210A, Bukit Batok Street 21 at around 4.30am and rescued a woman in her 60s from a toilet in the flat.

Two other occupants of the flat – a man in his 30s and another man in his 60s – were found standing on a ledge outside the kitchen window.

An initial attempt to pull the men back into the flat was unsuccessful as the “vast accumulation of items in the kitchen” limited the space needed by firefighters pull them in safely. The two men were also “highly exhausted”, said the SCDF.

A 60-metre Combined Platform Ladder was then deployed to rescue the men.

Firefighters in the unit used ropes to secure the two men before rescuers from the SCDF's elite Disaster and Assistance Rescue Team rapelled from the unit above and brought the two men onto the platform ladder. The two men were then lowered to the ground, where they were attended to by SCDF paramedics.

The three casualties were taken to the Singapore General Hospital for burn injuries and smoke inhalation, said the SCDF in a Facebook post.

The fire was extinguished with two water jets and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the SCDF added.

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