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Citizen saves lives of family in burning building

By jubilantj   Tuesday, May 3, 2016   8,437   170   9
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On the evening of April 29, the authorities received a report that a fire had started in a tailor shop which was located on the second floor of a four-story multipurpose building in Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do.


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The fire had quickly spread to other parts of the building, including the residential third and fourth floors. A 30-year-old Nigerian woman and her three children, two young girls and a one-year-old boy, who lived on the fourth floor, had evacuated to the veranda in order to avoid the spreading fire. 


When a citizen below saw that the woman and her children were trapped, s/he immediately came to their rescue by bringing out a large blanket and telling the family to jump one by one onto the blanket. 


The woman hesitated a bit but soon dropped down after sending her children down first. Aside from smoke inhalation and a minor injury the woman sustained from jumping from the building, police relayed that the family was safe and sound. 


Another resident, a 51-year-old American soldier, had attempted to save himself by escaping the building using a water hose. Unfortunately, the man lost his grip and fell from the second floor, resulting in a leg injury. 

The building owner, an 80-year-old woman identified by her surname Yoon, was rescued by the fire fighters who arrived at the scene after receiving the report. Yoon is said to be receiving treatment for smoke inhalation. 

The fire was extinguished in around 30 minutes, and local fire authorities are looking into the exact cause of the fire and investigating the extent of the damage. 

The head detective of Pyeongtaek Police Station said, "We don't know the identity of the citizen who used a blanket to rescue the woman and her children. We want to thank all the citizens for using their quick wits to come together to save precious lives in such a precarious situation.

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    gt3lt_kpop Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    good job

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    ShayMin Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The REAL mvp

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    NYC_sunbae Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Thank you to that kind citizen!

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    BoBo101 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Lol, and then people complain about AKP never putting any postive news story out, why would they when no one some to care to read them?

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    KittenLark BoBo101 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    You have reached a level of wisdom and understanding which should help you through life. "Bad news sells. Good news doesn't" is an old theme that you'll hear people talk about. It's sad, but sensationalist, scandalous news always seems to attract more attention than optimism. It's a crying shame.

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    BoBo101 KittenLark Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Funny world we live in, isn't it?

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    kakashiandme2 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Korea Herald is reporting that it wasn't a woman but 3 American soldiers who saved the children who were dropped from the building.  She also jumped and survived without life threatening injuries.  There is a video showing this.  This happened in Pyeongtaek which is a military town... Osan Air Force Base and USAG Humphreys both reside North and South of the city respectively.  So many military personnel live in the city and it's outskirts.

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    AMMYBLOW45 kakashiandme2 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    RoAnon9935 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    money can replace possessions but not lives. Thankfully everyone managed to get out. Thank goodness for that citizen with quick thinking.

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