At 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, a fire erupted on the first floor of a four-storey building in the Paharganj area of Delhi, trapping a couple on the second floor in the process.
When the fire broke out, the couple, like many other residents, were still sleeping, unaware of the dangerous situation.
The Delhi police were alerted, and they arrived at the spot immediately. As they reached the building, three constables saw the couple crying for help from their house. The wife was hanging from the balcony grille, in an attempt to step away from the fire as well as to grab the attention of rescuers.
The fire was still active on the first floor, and the fierce flames prevented the police from entering.
Without wasting a single second, Constables Manoj Kumar and Amit rushed to the neighbouring building and managed to figure out a way to reach the fourth floor of the building which was on fire.
From there, they lowered a ladder to the second floor, but even these efforts were not enough to save the couple. Then, they had a brainwave.
“The staff, without caring for their life, reached the balcony of the second floor and made a human chain to reach the parapet. The woman, who was about to fall down, was saved first and later her husband was also rescued similarly,” a police officer told the media.
The dramatic rescue of the couple was captured on video and circulated widely on social media. Praise and good wishes for the brave constables of the Delhi police force, who did not care for their injuries and prioritised the lives of the trapped couple over their own, are pouring in.
— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) August 22, 2018
In the video, you can see the fire blazing away only a few feet below the woman, while the policeman is on the edge of the parapet, lending a helping hand to the woman to get to safety.
In an unfortunate coincidence, a high-rise in Mumbai also caught fire today and claimed the lives of four people. Such situations demand that we stay calm and think straight.
If you wish to prepare for a fire emergency, you can read our article about the do’s and don’ts here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)