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This is the moment a group of quick-thinking locals lift a car out of a fire engine’s path allowing the firefighters to put out a raging house fire and save a trapped poodle.
The Changshu fire service in East China’s Jiangsu Province were called to the residential building after a flat caught fire on the evening of 21st May.
Rescuers, however, found their path into the alleyway – where parking is forbidden in case of emergencies – blocked by a white saloon car whose owner was not contactable.
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Video shows around a dozen local residents helping to move the car by lifting it with their hands, carrying it away from the side street entrance shouting: “One, two, three!”
Rescuers said the fire began in the sitting room of a first-floor flat and quickly spread upwards to the home above.
They managed to put out the blaze shortly after and rescued the toy poodle trapped in the second-floor home, the video shows.
None of the residents was injured during the fire, which is still being investigated.
Punishment for companies found to be obstructing a fire or emergency pathway is a fine of between 5,000 and 50,000 RMB (570 and 5,710 GBP).
Individuals can be fined up to 500 RMB (57 GBP) for the offence, which, if serious, can also carry a jail sentence of between five to 10 days.
The fire service did not say whether the saloon owner was punished.