Sunday 17 December 2017

Chinese fireman (19) pulled from rubble of blast

Firefighter Zhou Ti
Firefighter Zhou Ti

Nicola Davidson Shanghai

A 19-year-old Chinese fireman was pulled alive from the smouldering rubble of the Tianjin explosion last night, more than 36 hours after the detonation caused two fireballs so large that they were visible from space.

Fireman were still battling to control the fires after the warehouse blast, which was the equivalent of 24 tonnes of TNT exploding, and which killed at least 56 people and injured 720.

At least 21 firemen were among the victims of the explosions. The high death toll made the survival of Zhou Ti all the more remarkable.

Mr Zhou was last night being treated for chest injuries at a hospital in Tianjin and was in a stable condition, the city government said. Images showed the teenager lying on a hospital bed, his eyes closed, wounds covering most of his face. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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