On the cool wintry morning of Dec 29, dancer Tiara Zhang Zhi Zhen woke up to the crackle and heat of flames engulfing the Hong Kong guesthouse she was staying at for a Christmas holiday.
Instead of dashing to safety right away, the 33-year-old Singaporean rushed to the rooms of other guests, hammering on doors and helping people to flee the smoke-filled firetrap.
In the process, Ms Zhang inhaled too much smoke. The oxygen flow to her brain was cut off, her heart stopped, and she was unconscious by the time she was taken to hospital.
[Photo Source: http://www.dancesport.org.sg] Team Manager Ms Tiara Zhang (center), The 2nd "King's Cup" Thailand Open 2011
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