High school athlete in hospital after bravely rescuing elderly man from burning house

A high school student is recuperating in hospital after running into a burning building multiple times to rescue the elderly occupant in Toufen City, Miaoli County, yesterday, May 29.

The second-year high school student, named Lin, was out to get breakfast when he noticed thick smoke pouring out of a house at around 4:30 am. Lin informed a convenience store clerk to call the fire department before responding to banging sounds coming from inside the house.

Lin entered the house multiple times, but had to run outside to catch his breath due to the thick smoke. On the third time, Lin located the 70-year-old male resident, named Lai. Lin had to exit the house again several times before finally carrying Lai out on his back the sixth time.

After firefighters arrived, both Lin and Lai were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation injuries. Both patients are reported to be stable and recovering well.

firefighters in front of smoke-filled house
Picture: Miaoli County Fire Department.

The Miaoli County Fire Department said that they received the report of the fire at 4:43 am. The fire was extinguished shortly after 5:00 am, and according to the preliminary investigation, the fire was caused by a cooking accident.

The principle of Xinghua High School praised Lin’s bravery, and said that Lin was a member of the school’s wrestling team and was up early for training and exercise at the time of the incident.

Miaoli County Magistrate Chung Tung-chin (鍾東錦) commended Lin and instructed the county government to cover Lin’s medical expenses.

Lin in hospital
Lin Ya-ge, a brave young man.

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