Mum Dead, Dad Critical After Shielding Child From Blaze

This footage shows a Dad and daughter sitting on the charred remains of their apartment balcony after he shielded her when a blaze engulfed their flat and the tot’s mother died while also trying to protect her.

The husband and wife as well as their four-year-old daughter could only huddle in the corner of the security grille, with the mother reportedly burning to death while protecting the tot.


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The blaze happened in the couple’s top-floor rental residence in the five-storey tenement building in Guangzhou’s Liwan District in South China’s Guangdong Province at 2:56pm local time on 19th June.

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The dad and his 4-year-old daughter who survived the fire

Footage taken by witnesses shows flames spewing out the couple’s sitting-room window while they hold on to one another sitting in the corner of the security bars.

The fire service, which dispatched 16 fire engines and 99 rescuers to the building, said the family of three ended up being barred in by the safety grille.

A video shows firemen hosing down the dad from outside the building while he clings to his daughter, with his wife not seen in the frame after apparently having already collapsed.

The trio were carried out of the building and taken to Guangzhou Red Cross Hospital, where the mum was sadly pronounced dead.

The dad remains in intensive care with critical burn injuries, while the four-year-old is reportedly stable but recovering from burns to her head.

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The building on fire

The fire service said flammable materials such as clothes and wooden furniture caused the fire to spread quickly throughout the home, where the family were reportedly taking an afternoon nap when the blaze started.

Neighbours living in the block of flats built in 1975 have revealed the girl is the youngest of four children in the family. The other three were not home at the time of the fire.

The mother was a stay-at-home mum, while the dad works as a seafood vendor at a local market.

The exact cause of the fire is still unclear.

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Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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