A fire erupted at a three-story building in Kaohsiung City's Yanchao District on July 7. The Fire Bureau dispatched 20 fire trucks and 50 firefighters to the scene, and they successfully rescued a man. The bureau reminds the public to shelter in rooms with windows, but avoid bathrooms, as its plastic door could melt in the heat.
Firefighters place 57-year-old Mr. Su onto a stretcher. He had suffered smoke inhalation, but was still conscious. After a fire broke out in his residence, he hid inside a bathroom. The room quickly filled with smoke, and the plastic door melted in the heat. He was lucky the firefighters arrived when they did, because just a few more minutes in that dangerous situation could have proven fatal.
The bathroom had a plastic door, which melted from the heat. We therefore do not advise the public to shelter inside bathrooms during fires. In this case, the smoke came in after the high temperatures caused the door to melt. If the fire started inside his room, then he should have fled out of the room and gone downstairs.
A fire broke out at 5:30 p.m. on July 7 at this three-story building in Kaohsiung City's Yanchao District after a bedspread, furniture, and miscellaneous items suddenly erupted in flames. The fire was brought under control after half an hour. The owner suffered smoke inhalation while sheltering inside the bathroom.
Firefighters remind the public that soaking their bodies with water and using wet towels to cover their noses and mouths are ineffective when there is thick smoke and a fire.
The smoke mixes with the air. If you use a wet towel to cover up your nose and mouth to prevent inhaling the smoke, you're also blocking the oxygen that could save your life. You won't be able to get any oxygen if you're trying to not breathe in smoke.
Firefighters add that people shouldn't waste time they could spend fleeing to find and soak a towel. For large fires, people should never try to go through the smoke, because smoke can rise at a speed of three to five meters a second. Instead, they should shelter inside a room with a window, notify the fire department, and remain calm.