A Guangxi man who started a fire on a bus in Changsha, Hunan province told police that he did it because he wanted to get free meals in jail.
The arson incident occurred on Friday around 5:30 a.m. when the 30-year-old suspect, surnamed Chen, poured flammable liquid from a drinking bottle on the bus and set it ablaze.
After seeing the flames on the mid section of the bus, the driver pulled over, evacuated the passengers and put out the flames with an extinguisher.
Chen told police that he’d taken a train from Guangxi to Changsha on Thursday to find a job, but was unsuccessful in his search.
Only one day later, the penniless Chen decided to “trigger some trouble to get meals in prison”.
Thankfully, there were only some 30 passengers on the vehicle at the time and none of them suffered burns. Police said the bus driver’s quick actions helped prevent casualties, and he’s been awarded 10,000 yuan by the Changsha Transport Bureau. Chen, on the other hand, has been placed in custody.
This was China’s second case of bus arson in one week. Last Saturday, 15 people were critically injured when a man set a bus on fire using a container of flammable liquid in Hangzhou.