Neighbours team up to rescue two young girls from burning building in eastern China

Group seen in video forming a line and climbing up the balcony to carry children to safety before firefighters arrive

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 3:56pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 3:56pm

A group of neighbours stepped in to rescue two young girls who were stranded inside a burning building in eastern China on Sunday.

In footage posted by PearVideo on Tuesday, around seven neighbours can be seen gathered outside a residential block below a second-floor flat engulfed in flames in Huzhou, Zhejiang province. They form a line and climb up the balcony to carry the children down to safety.

Firefighters rescue boy sleeping on 5th floor window ledge

Screams can be heard from inside the building, while a voice is heard in the clip – filmed from a building opposite – saying “Quick, quick, quick”.

According to the local firefighting unit, which is quoted in the video, neighbour Zhang Peng teamed up with others to form a line and rescue the girls while they waited for firefighters to arrive.

Another clip shows firefighters standing on the smoke-filled balcony as they put out the blaze.

Earlier this month, former soldier Zhang Xin was hailed as the Chinese “Spider-Man” after he scaled five storeys of a building in central Hunan province to rescue a two-year-old boy who was dangling from a window grille.

It followed a similar incident that made headlines worldwide in May, when a 22-year-old Malian migrant saved a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris. He was offered French nationality and a job as a firefighter by President Emmanuel Macron.