Fire on a Chinese bus – level 3

17-07-2014 07:00

Chinese police have released this surveillance footage showing the chaotic scene when a fire broke out on a bus packed with people.

The footage shows a man in a light-coloured shirt pouring oil onto the floor of the bus and then setting it alight.

After investigating, police found that the arsonist used banana oil to start the fire but are still checking his identity.

The fire broke out at around 5 p.m. on Saturday when the bus filled with about eighty people was going through downtown Hangzhou. Thirty-two passengers were injured, 16 severely and are being treated in hospital. Fourteen out of the 16 severely injured people suffered burns to their faces and two suffered burns to more than ninety per cent of their bodies. Five others suffered burns of varying degrees to more than 50 per cent if their bodies. The arsonist is also receiving treatment in hospital.

Difficult words: surveillance footage (security camera video), packed (full of), alight (on fire), arsonist (somebody who starts fire), severely (very), degree (amount).



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