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Boy saved from bus blaze by granddad

A SHANGHAI man went back into a burning bus to save his 6-year-old grandson, it emerged yesterday.

The 64-year-old, surnamed Xie, and his grandson, known as Xuanxuan, suffered serious burns in the suspected arson attack in the neighboring city of Hangzhou on Saturday afternoon.

Both are in a life-threatening condition, doctors said.

A container of banana oil was apparently set alight by a passenger, igniting a blaze that left 32 people injured.

Of these 29 are still in hospital, with 15 said to be in a serious condition.

Xuanxuan had been on a day trip to Hangzhou with his mother and her father, Xie’s nephew told Shanghai Daily yesterday. They were on the No. 7 bus heading back to the railway station at 5pm when the blaze erupted.

Xuanxuan’s mother and grandfather were pushed out by escaping passengers.

But Xie went back into the bus to save his grandson, before a passing taxi took the family to hospital.

“Xuanxuan is a brave boy and didn’t cry. Instead, he comforted his grandfather and mother all the way,” said the boy’s aunt.

Xie suffered burns on more than 70 percent of his body, while Xuanxuan suffered 25 percent burns.


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