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Hero driver saves shoppers stuck in burning mall by parking bus under windows so they could flee

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 February 2021

Vitaly Denisyuk, 37, was first to realise help was needed by frightened people at upstairs windows.

No-one was injured, the local ministry of emergency reported, adding that this was largely due to Vitaly’s fast reaction. Picture: Gorno-Altaisk Info


The quick-thinking driver saw shoppers  stuck at a window ledge, and showed a way to evacuate them by using his bus as a stepping stone. 

The fire at the Gorno-Altaisk complex started before noon on Wednesday, and rapidly spread over an area of 1,000 square metres. 

Many shoppers had time to escape the two-story building in the centre of the city, but some were cut off by the flames and rushed to windows facing a main street.

This was the moment when Vitaly realised that people were in trouble, and drove his bus up against the burning building. 

Other rescuers rushed to join the evacuation using ladders. 

Hero driver saves shoppers stuck in burning mall inferno by parking his bus under windows they could flee


Hero driver saves shoppers stuck in burning mall inferno by parking his bus under windows they could flee


Hero driver saves shoppers stuck in burning mall inferno by parking his bus under windows they could flee
Hero driver saves shoppers stuck in burning mall inferno by parking his bus under windows so they could flee. Pictures: Gorno-Altaisk Info


‘I don't consider myself to be a hero, I just saw people standing on the second floor and drove the bus to try evacuate them,’  said the modest driver.

‘True heroes are people who ran there with ladders, find and name them so that their parents know and feel proud for what children they brought up.’

No-one was injured, the local ministry of emergency reported, adding that this was largely due to Vitaly’s fast reaction.

Comments (1)

one more -shopping center-? wonder what the findings will be. at least this time there were no casualties. And Vitali the bus driver should be made -Hero of Russia-. The highest award the President can bestwo to people who did something outstanding. And not always thinking of their OWN safety...
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
25/02/2021 06:16
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