Couple rescued after son doesn’t want to get up for school, sets fire to house

Firefighters in Changhua County rescued two people after their son set fire to the house because he didn’t want to get up for school this morning, Monday, December 20.

The Changhua County Fire Department received a report of a fire in the house in Tianzhong Township at 7:41 am. Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor of the house on fire, and two people calling for help from the upper floors. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a 39-year-old woman from a balcony on the third floor. The woman’s 50-year-old husband was rescued from the roof of the neighboring house.

The rescued woman suffered slight smoke inhalation injuries, and was sent to Jen Ho Hospital.

The fire was brought under control and finally extinguished at around 8:15 am.

A short time later, the couple’s 14-year-old son went to a local police station to turn himself in. The boy explained that he had become angry when his mother made him get out of bed to go to school, so he set fire to a quilt in the living room on the first floor.

School administrators described the boy as a normal second-year junior high school student with average grades. The school will instigate a counseling mechanism, and contact the social welfare bureau to look into the student’s family circumstances.

fire damaged living room
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