Fires are no doubt devastating events due to their destructive nature, and even more so when innocent lives are at stake.
On Thursday (21 Apr), Tiktoker @itshambali posted a video showing Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers attending to a fire at what appears to be an HDB block at Fajar Road. While there was reportedly no one home, they retrieved 14 cats from the unit, one of which didn’t survive.
Despite the unfortunate loss, the SCDF officers earned praise for their efforts. Funds are also apparently being raised to help the homeowners cope with the costs of the damages.
In the TikTok video posted yesterday (21 Apr), numerous SCDF officers were seen outside a unit on the second floor of a Fajar Road HDB block.
Thick smoke appeared to be billowing from the unit.
In a statement to MS News, SCDF said that the fire involved the contents of a service yard in a unit on the second floor of Blk 422 Fajar Road.
About 20 people were evacuated from nearby units as a precautionary measure.
SCDF also stated that officers had to enter the flat by force to extinguish the fire. Inside, they found 14 cats unconscious on both floors of the unit.
Subsequently, firefighters with emergency medical technician training provided oxygen and conducted CPR on the cats. 13 of them regained consciousness but one, unfortunately, passed away.
@itshambali corroborated this info in another TikTok video which he posted later that day.
He also appealed for public support to help the family tide through this difficult time.
Mdm Azizah, presumably the resident and owner of the cats, is apparently accepting donations. Those who’d like to contribute can contact her directly via the phone number in the video here.
To know that defenceless animals were in danger in their own home is no doubt horrifying.
Though not all cats survived, we’re sure the SCDF officers tried their best. Kudos to them for rescuing the felines.
Hopefully, the surviving cats will have a speedy recovery from their injuries, and Mdm Azizah and her family get the help they need.
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Featured image adapted from @itshambali on TikTok.
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