Tuesday, 27. January 2015
02. 05. 14. - 05:16
02. 05. 14. - 05:16
These dramatic photos show the moment when a pulsating wall of fire threw two young firemen from a burning building they were trying to save. The heat wave on the unlucky 13th floor was so strong it knocked the firefighters from their feet and hurled them to their deaths. One of the men, Qian Lingyun, 23, had apparently tried to save his comrade Liu Jie, 20, by grabbing his hand. But the force of the fire blew them both off the building to die hand-in-hand. Fire brigade spokesman Jian Ku said: "Firemen always watch each other's backs, they look after each other, this tragic death shows the strength of that bond between colleagues. Guarding one another in life, inseparable in death." The tragedy happened in Shanghai when emergency services were called to tackle a blaze on floor 13 of a residential block. The fire had broken out in an apartment kitchen and had spread rapidly in the property that seems to have been used to store a large amount of electronic equipment, threatening to engulf the entire building. Jian Ku added: "Firefighters were engaged in rescue efforts at the scene that involved seeing if people were trapped inside and putting out the blaze when an explosion caused them to be thrown from the building, one managed to grab a handhold and grabbed his colleague, with the result they both plunged to their deaths. "All their colleagues and friends are mourning for them and send condolences to their families." Qian and Liu had joined the city's fire service in December 2012. This stunning video of their dramatic deaths was taken by a passer by, Ken Lo, on his mobile phone. He said: "It looked like one fell first and the other reached over to grab him. "The falling one managed to grasp the hand of his comrade but his weight was too great. His would-be rescuer was pulled over into the void. It was a terrible thing to witness." A police probe into the blaze is under way.
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