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Couple die in home inferno

A MARRIED couple was killed and three people were injured in a house fire in Zhabei District early this morning.

Middle-aged Ren Chonglin and his wife Mao Lijun were killed in the fire, and their 6-year-old son was severely burned. Another couple, Liu and his wife, were slightly injured.

The fire broke out in second-floor room in the two-story house on Tiantong'an Road where the couple and their six-year-old child lived.

Ren Chonglin had run into the blazing room and snatched his son to safety but was caught by the flames when he went back to save his wife, according Liu, a neighbor.

Liu and his wife were asleep downstairs when the fire broke out and suffered slight injuries to their arms and legs.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze after 20 minutes.

The injured couple and the child were taken to Ruijin Hospital where the boy remains in a critical condition.

The fire is being investigated.


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