2 trapped on ledge after climbing through window to escape PAB fire in Bedok flat

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Two residents were rescued from a ledge outside their kitchen after they climbed through the window to escape a fire that had broken out.

The incident happened at Block 557 Bedok North Street 3 on Saturday morning (April 24).

A Stomper shared separate videos showing someone standing on the ledge in order to escape the fire and smoke billowing from the unit.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who were alerted to the blaze at around 10.25am, said it involved the contents of a bedroom in a seventh-floor unit and the corridor outside the unit.

Firefighters from Changi Fire Station extinguished the fire using one compressed air foam backpack and one hose reel.

Prior to their arrival, several members of the public had attempted to put out the fire with the hose reel, SCDF said.

"Their quick-thinking act prevented the fire from escalating," SCDF added.

Two people from the affected unit, who were found trapped on a ledge outside the kitchen, were also rescued. They were quickly brought in to safety through the kitchen window.

The mother-and-son pair were taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

According to The New Paper, they had been on the ledge for around 10 minutes.

About 45 residents from the affected block were also evacuated by the police as a precautionary measure.

"Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates that it was of electrical origin from a Power-Assisted Bicycle (PAB) that was charging at the time of the fire," said SCDF.

Members of the public are reminded to take note of the following fire safety tips on the prevention of PAB and PMD fires.