Thursday, 02. October 2014
06. 08. 14. - 16:00
A six-year-old girl who jumped into a blazing restaurant kitchen to save her mum from an inferno has been hailed a hero in southern China.
Brave Chen Jiajia suffered severe burns to her arms and legs as she plunged into the blaze and attempted to drag her stricken mum to safety, say firemen in Pengzhou, a city in Sichuan province.
Jaijai had been playing outside the restaurant where her mother Chen Lin, 35, was working when it suddenly bust into flames.
"There had been a power cut and the female owner of the restaurant had turned on the generator to get the power back," said a fire service spokesman.
"But she spilled some diesel on the ground which was ignited by a spark from the boiler. Within a few minutes the whole kitchen was ablaze with flames three metres high and the girl's mother was trapped.
"Before anyone could stop her little Jaijai ran though the flames to get to her mum," they added.
As the flames closed in, mum Lin had not known which way to flee, but her daughter's sudden arrival had shown her where to run to safety and, after sending Jaija ahead, she then leapt through the flames to escape herself.
Both are in hospital with severe burns but are expected to recover.
Mum Lin said: "When Jaijai ran in my legs were on fire and she tried to drag me outside. She must have been scared and in pain.
"But she wouldn't give in and would have stayed there beside me if I hadn't ordered her to go. She is an amazing little girl and I'm very proud to have such a wonderful daughter."
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