Man swaps phone for extinguisher to save people in burning car

A man in Meizhou, Guangdong Province, tried his best to save a group trapped in a burning car on March 30, Knews reported.

A man in Meizhou, Guangdong Province, tried his best to save the passengers of a burning car on March 30, Knews reported.

He swapped his mobile phone for a fire extinguisher at a nearby gas station, it reported.

The incident happened around 3am when a car crashed into a tree and caught fire.

A driver passing by soon rushed to a nearby garage to find a fire extinguisher to try and put out the flames. He also attempted to break the car's window to save people trapped inside.

The driver and the front passenger managed to escape from the car just before the fire grew in intensity, leaving one passenger still trapped inside. 

Firefighters soon arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames, but were unable to save the life of the final passenger who succumbed to the fire.

The man who initially helped save the driver and front seat passenger is a 35-year-old called Liang Sihai from Meixian's Songkou Town.

He recalled that when the first extinguisher was used up, he raced to a gas station to borrow one. A staffer on duty there stopped him from leaving, so he had to leave his mobile phone in order to take the extinguisher away.

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