A 97-year-old bed-ridden woman suffered serious burns, but a neighbour carried her to safety through the flames as her home was razed in Ban Kruat district on Wednesday afternoon.
Grandma Lub Lapromma was alone in the house at Moo 10 village in tambon Nong Mai Ngam in Thailand when the fire began. She lived there with her son, but he was away at the time.
Bangkok Post reports that Thot Tasimma, 50, the neighbour who saved her life, said he was at his house nearby and heard people crying that Grandma Lub’s home was on fire.
Many villagers pitched in with buckets of water, trying to douse the fire, but to no avail. They could only yell at one another that Mrs Lub, who was bed-ridden, was still in the house.
Mr Thot said he decided to walk through the flames into the house. He then carried her back out, through the flames.
The old woman was brought out safely, but she had burns to about 70% of her body. Mr Thot also suffered some burns, but they were not severe.
The house burned to the ground.
Mrs Lub was rushed to Buri Ram Hospital in Muang district for emergency treatment.
The cause of the fire was not known.