This is the eight-year-old girl who has been hailed for using her taekwondo techniques to kick down a door and save her little sister and pet cat from a burning house.
Eight-year-old Kaori was reportedly at home with her sleeping uncle and her little sister, whose name has not been revealed but is five years old, when a fire broke out in the second-floor flat in the district of Comas, in the city of Lima, the Peruvian capital.
Local media report Kaori sprung into action and kicked down a door to reach her sister in her bedroom using taekwondo techniques she had learnt in lessons.
The elder sister then rescued her sibling and her cat before her uncle, who had woken from his slumber by that time, helped them escape the house.
The girls’ mother Kelly Rojas, who was working at the time of the blaze, told reporters: “Thank God my eight-year-old daughter had very good reactions and managed to save her sister and her pet”.
Kaori said: “The door was closed, I kicked it down and I had to carry my sister to get her down, she had also her pet.”
She added “my sister is the most important thing for me and I wanted to save her,” explaining she had to kick the door twice as “the first one did not go well because my leg was hurting. She (the sister) was trapped, on the bed.”
The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit and left the flat destroyed. The family are staying in a family member’s home and their mother has asked for help from the authorities as they lost all their belongings in the blaze.
Kaori also lost her taekwondo medals. The youngster reportedly took up the martial art in the middle of this year and was reportedly planning to travel to Brazil to participate in a tournament.
Authorities from the municipality of Comas went to the scene and reportedly offered to help the family.
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