By Sharon Kwok
While the nation celebrated the New Year, three firefighters lost their lives in a fire in Xiaoshan, Hangzhou. One of them had gotten married just 10 days ago.
The fire started in a village industrial building at around 2am. Staff members inside were evacuated immediately. The local Fire Department sent 50 fire engines, 6 ambulances and over 200 firefighters to the scene. During the process, it lost contact with three of the firefighters.
The fire finally came under control at about 11am. The three missing firefighters were found and sent to hospital. Unfortunately, they died shortly due to severe injuries. Two other firefighters were injured and are currently under medical observation, with one still in coma.
The identities of the deceased firefighters have been confirmed: Yin Jinliang, Chen Wei and Yin Zhihui. They have been honoured as “People’s Defenders” by the Xiaoshan government and district committee.