Man Dies Trying To Save Wife From Fire

A man's house on fire in Sejong City, Korea. The owner died trying to save his wife.

From Yonhap News:

Married Couple In Their 50s Die In Fire

On December 14th at 7:30pm, a middle aged couple was found dead inside a burning house in Sejong City. A Mr. Kim (alias, age 55) and his wife (age 52) died in the fire.

The house was about 56 square meters in size and the fire department estimated that over 13 million won in damage was inflicted upon it. It was almost completely destroyed within an hour.

It took more than 40 firemen and 11 fire trucks to get the fire under control after firemen arrived on the scene, responding to an emergency call. Mr. Kim’s body was found in the bathroom, while his wife’s was found in one of the inner rooms.

Apparently Mr. Kim had come out of the house first, but when he realized that his wife was not with him, charged back into the house to rescue her and never came back out.

The police and firemen reported that a gas explosion caused the fire and it is currently under investigation.

Comments from Nate:


This is so sad ㅠㅠ He truly loved his wife to the end, he gave his life for her…ㅠㅠ


To this man, his love for his wife was more important than his own life…that’s the real meaning of love.


This is heartbreaking…may his soul rest in peace.


He really loved her. There are so many pretty women out there who will find men with a lot of money and dump them after a few months; this was true love, though.


I’ve wanted to see a story like this after a year full of articles about boseulachi…I’m sure this man didn’t have a lot of money but I would have liked to meet him…


I just read an article somewhere else that a guy killed his wife for the insurance money. These two really loved each other. May they go hand in hand to a better place.


Rest in peace…


I sincerely admire this man…I’d like to think that I would’ve done the same thing…hopefully those two can meet in the next life. I hope they meet as a couple in the next life. Rest in peace…


I’ve read so many articles about men assaulting their wives; I think is the first one I’ve seen like this – where a man sacrificed himself for his wife. He cared about her more than his own life – that is true love.


My mother and father are about the same age as this couple…ㅠㅠ Cheers…


If that isn’t true love I don’t know what is.


This world is so cruel. He truly loved her…rest in peace!


Huh…so people like this still exist. Rest in peace…


This is so sad to hear but it is a beautiful story…rest in peace.


I hope they didn’t suffer long and can love each other in a different place forever…ㅠㅠ

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  • x1sfg

    RIP. May you set an example for all of us to follow.

    • vincent

      Ditto, it’s sad what happened to them but at least it shows what true love is, which in this day is hard to find.

      • sam

        I don’t agree with your point. I think most man will charge in to a burning house if their wifes or childen are still in there. Very rarely will you get a man who does nothing and stand there and watch it burn.

        • vincent

          You’re taking it out of context, I’m not talking about a family man, I’m referring to couples mainly, divorce rates are high and people are marrying increasingly for financial security rather than true love, I doubt a person with priorities like that would risk life and limb for anyone.

        • x1sfg

          Nope. In fact, most civilians freeze, panic, and don’t know what to do when put in traumatic situations. Even in SOF, I’ve known a couple of people freeze during a firefight.

        • Kevin Berry

          Well Stated, Sam. John 15:13. It is clear to me that the Man loved his wife. Could you live with yourself knowing that you didn’t do anything to save your spouse?

    • Not to be callous, but he failed and now they are both dead. The good examples typically don’t make news.

      • x1sfg

        Good examples do make the news.

        The point is the issue of self-sacrifice, which you obviously know nothing about. He could have sit idly by and save his own life instead of rushing in with the slim chance of saving his spouse. That’s not the point.

        Very few people put the well-being of others over themselves. I’m with Vincent. It’s about loving others more than yourself.

        • So we assume here that they had no children? Sure, if a man has no other considerations, then go for it. Jumping in head first without drawing up a quick plan about how to actually pull it off is, and always will be, an exercise in stupidity in my book.
          As for self-sacrifice, not only do you not know me, but I can tell quite a lot about you for making such knee-jerk comments.

          • Carl

            “Jumping in head first without drawing up a quick plan about how to actually pull it off is, and always will be, an exercise in stupidity in my book.”

            Yes because he can somehow communicate with the fire, asking where it has spread so he can avoid those rooms right? He probably knew where his wife was at the time, so I’m sure he thought he could just go in and rescue her, but died while doing so, and he’s stupid for doing that according to you. Too bad he didn’t have a pen and paper at the time, wonder what his plan might have been.

          • Carl, the number one killer in a house fire isn’t fire, it’s fumes. If he collected himself before charging in, he would have known to stay low to the floor and test door handles before opening doors. These are survival basics in house fires that just about everyone knows. There isn’t enough detail in this story to know exactly how he died, but the fact is that he died, and that was entirely unnecessary.
            It’s a touching story, but following his example will only get more people killed. The best thing to do in this situation, where the fire is at an advanced stage, is to call the fire brigade and stay out of the house. Now, with that said, if you still disagree, I invite you to charge head-first into a burning house.

          • Carl

            Had he been successful, you would not be saying any of that nonsense. I see a man who died trying to save the women he loved. You see some idiot who died when he could have taken his sweet time touching every door nob while crawling to his wife it seems. You have not been in a burning building yourself, and it seems you would never do it either. RIP to this man and everyone else that tried to save a loved one in the few minutes they had before a fucking FIRE ate their house up.

          • Asshole

          • vincent

            Noah let’s be realistic I doubt this poor fellow took a class in fire safety or had the required knowledge to prepare himself for a rescue, all he had going through his mind was the overwhelming need to save his soul mate, let’s respect that ok ? You have to look at this situation from different angles and you’ll understand why the situation turned out the way it did.

          • mr.wiener

            Agreed, I’m not going to second guess this poor brave bastard. Merry Christmas to all the rest of yous :)

          • vincent

            Merry Christmas to you too Mr. Weiner, have a good time and be safe :)

          • I have nothing against what he did, other than the fact that it was clearly an error.,Considering that he failed to rescue his wife and he died in the process, this is not a good example to follow.
            When people let a heightened emotional state control their choices under such dangerous circumstances, it never ends well. Many people here disagree with me, which for the most part does not surprise me. Emotions trump reason most of the time for most people.

          • vincent

            I know you have nothing against what he did, and it was an error in the eyes of someone seeing the situation with pure logic, it’s something we can’t control as the knowledge of fire safety varies from person to person when you factor in variables such as education, age and so on.
            The younger generation is exposed to a greater amount of information via the internet, television and so on, so there would be greater awareness of fire safety in our generation, this man was 55 years old and in all probability lacked the proper know how to attempt a successful rescue.
            It’s not that people here disagree with you but there are too many variable factors that we can’t account for, I’m relatively sure if he knew about proper fire safety he might have had a greater chance of saving his wife, also a person’s emotional state affects each individual differently,some freeze while others spring into action.

            A person can’t control their emotional state in such a situation, unless highly trained to do so, normal people would react with emotion but this does vary from person to person. Saying it was an error is true but harsh nonetheless.

  • Kate

    Sad :(

  • RIP..Pity..~~

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