Distraught families of two missing firefighters interrupted a Tianjin press conference this morning in hopes of finding out information concerning their lost children, who they hadn’t heard from since before the massive explosions on Wednesday night.
Liu Huan, 52 years old, from Hebei province, was searching for his 22-year-old son Liu Chuntao, a firefighter in Tianjin. Liu Huan said that his son joined the fire department three or four months ago.
“I have no idea where my son is,” the grieving father told reporters. “If he is alive, I want to see him. If he is dead, I need to see his body.”
According to Liu Huan, his son was among the first batch of firefighters dispatched to the scene of the chemical fire
“We learned that the press conference would be held here, so we came here ourselves,” he said. “We want answers. Whether he is alive or not, the department should let us know.
Liu Runwen, mother of another missing firefighter Liu Zhiqiao, came together with Liu Huan and four fellow villagers to seek answers.
The 41-year-old Liu Runwen told reporters that her 18-year-old boy was Liu Chuntao’s colleague and her only child.
“We haven’t received any information about his team,” she told reporters. “All 25 members of his team are reported as lost except for one who was confirmed dead yesterday.”
The family members said they didn’t know what to do next.
According to municipal officials at the press conference, the chemical blasts have killed at least 85 people including 21 firefighters.
By Lucy Liu
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