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Couple saves 67 neighbours before building collapse in China

PTI
Published Jun 12, 2015, 7:24 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 10:00 pm IST
The building toppled on Thursday night in Huichuan District in Guizhou province
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Beijing: A Chinese couple is being hailed for saving 67 neighbours, moments before a seven-storey building collapsed on Thursday in the country’s southwest. The building toppled on Thursday night in Huichuan District in Guizhou province. There were no casualties, with all residents escaping safely thanks to the swift actions of the couple who live in their grocery store on the bottom floor of the complex.

The wife, Luo Kaisu, was first awaken by a noise outside the window of their store late at night, she recalls. “I thought it was a thief who wanted to break into the store,” Luo said. She asked her husband to check it out but he found nothing suspicious. Early in the morning, she was startled by another loud noise.

 

After inspecting further, she discovered plaster dust flowing from cracks in the apartment’s exterior wall. It was very urgent. The couple raced from door-to-door, waking up nearly all their neighbours before they reached the sixth floor, where their three children live.  

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