A teenage crane operator is being hailed as a hero online after rushing to the rescue when an apartment building caught fire. The fire reportedly started from a grocery store on the first floor of the building, endangering the rest of the floors in a few minutes. Because of the heavy smoke, residents struggled to flee from their apartments.
Lan Junze was working at a construction site in the Liaoning city of Fushun when he noticed a nearby seven-story residential building going up in smoke. Reacting quickly, the 19-year-old drove his crane over to help.
As seen in a cell phone footage from the fire, Lan used the crane to evacuate residents from the upper floors of the building. However, Lan’s one-man rescue did not come easy as smoke obstructed his sight and wires blocked the crane in the air.
Despite the difficulties that Lan faced during the rescue, he managed to save 14 people within 30 minutes.
“At that time, I only wanted to save people. I didn’t think of anything else. I didn’t have the time.”
In recognition of his heroic act, Lan’s name was widely circulated on May 4, China’s Youth Day, with netizens proclaiming him as the “Crane Man.” On May 12, the local government and Fushun Women’s Federation awarded his family with the honorary title “Best Family.”
“My parents have educated me since I was a child. When others face difficulty, I must lend a helping hand. This is what I should do. Now everyone is safe!”
Netizens have since showered Lan with praise, with some saying that he deserves cash as a reward and that he deserves to be called a hero, while others expressed the opinion that the fire safety standards for constructions should be improved.
Some of the comments read:
“This young man is good, praises to him!”
“Now, such a person can definitely be called a hero.”
“This boy is so good! I can only give you as much compliments.”
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