- Brandon Bouwer rushed into a burning building in Bloemfontein to save 3 children
- The 21-year old court clerk said he didn’t think twice about entering the building
- Officials think the fire started when one of the children played with matches or a lighter
The 21-year old court clerk who rushed into a burning building to save the lives of three children has revealed that he didn’t think twice about putting his own life in danger.
Brandon Bouwer says the only thought going through his mind at the time was that he had an obligation to try and save the children.
Brandon and his father happened to drive past a home in Bloemfontein when they noticed smoke and upon closer inspection, they could hear the terrified screams of children inside the structure.
Briefly.co.za gathered that while Brandon’s dad was struggling to gain access to the property, Brandon had run to the neighbours and jumped over the fence. He had to break down the door to gain access to the home.
Brandon says once he entered the home he saw a toddler standing near a baby in a carrier. He says the baby and the carrier were right against the flames. The toddler had obviously tried to help his baby brother but the heat became too much.
Brandon took the carrier with the baby in it outside, he said he did not want to touch the baby because it was clear he had already suffered extensive burn wounds.
He then bravely returned to the burning building and found three children hiding under a duvet in the bedroom, he managed to safely help the children out of the burning structure.
The baby was stabilised at the scene before being moved to a nearby hospital, unfortunately, the baby passed away later that evening. The three older children were treated for shock and smoke inhalation but were physically fine.
Police and fire crews are investigating the cause of the fire, at this stage officials believe one of the older children had been playing with matches or a lighter which led to the fire.
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