Man takes amazing leap of faith to jump out of burning building 29 floors up – and survives
The man’s fall was broken by firefighters with an air mattress after he jumped from the tower block in Jecheon, South Korea , that claimed the life of 29 people, most of them taking a sauna.
It is not known how badly the man was injured. All but one of the victims had been identified by Friday
morning, including 20 women who were overcome by toxic fumes in a sauna on the second floor.
Jecheon fire chief Lee Sang-min said: “Our crew on the scene said the lockers inside the facility were installed
like a labyrinth and it’s a glass building with few windows, which apparently made way for the smoke from the first floor to quickly fill up the second floor.
President Moon Jae-in said he was devastated and promised a full investigation.
“The government as a whole will thoroughly probe this accident’s cause and process of response, and although
after the fact, the investigation and measures will be such that, at least, there will not be lingering deep sorrow,”
Anger mounted on Friday at reports of shoddy construction, broken doors and other problems that may have contributed to the deaths.
The fire is reported to have spread from an underground car park and many tragic stories have begun to emerge
as victims were identified.
One man told Yonhap that he lost his mother, wife, and daughter. Another said he received a phone call from
his trapped wife as she coughed in the gathering smoke, but was later unable to reach her again.
up and down a ladder in a desperate search for survivors.
Organisers called off a leg of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games torch relay in Jecheon on what should have
been a day of celebration ahead of the games.