Gas station attendant lauded for bravery after extinguishing fire in 12 seconds | Video | SupChina

Gas station attendant lauded for bravery after extinguishing fire in 12 seconds

A woman named Song Juanjuan 宋娟娟 probably thought she was just doing her job, putting out a fire at the gas station she worked at in eastern China’s Jiangxi Province.

But surveillance footage of the incident, dated July 9 but only recently posted online, received an astounding 3 million likes on the streaming platform Douyin, making her a viral sensation. And why not? The video shows a tricycle, for reasons unknown, spontaneously bursting into flames, and then everyone fleeing the scene. Gas stations and fires are a combustible mix, after all.

But Song stays behind to put out the problem — in an impressive 12 seconds, at that.

Reactions on Chinese video-streaming sites are full of admiration, with comments such as, “Such an amazing employee, she needs to get a raise, Otherwise, what a huge loss!”

“[This lady] was calm and responded quickly. Thumbs up,” said another.

Song’s colleague, a woman named Liu Zhuqin 刘祝琴, rushes out from the convenience store to lend a hand. She was likewise praised by online users.

People have gone as far as to say that the women should receive monetary compensation. That’s been known to happen: Last year, employees of a Sichuan Province gas station were awarded 65,000 yuan ($9,700) each for putting out a fire (though, admittedly, they were in more imminent danger).

In another instance, seven staff members of a gas station in Hunan Province received a handsome reward of 800,000 yuan ($120,000) for saving a gas station after a car crashed into it.

Ashley-Grace Vo

Ashley-Grace Vo is from Fresno, CA and went to the University of California, Berkeley and has worked mainly in the audio field from ESPN Radio to CBS Radio. She currently resides in New York City with her pet bearded dragon and guinea pigs.

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