A surveillance camera inside the elevator of a residential building recorded the shocking moment when a teenager set fire to an advertising billboard on April 1 in Jichang city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The fire was then seen engulfing the elevator with flames quickly spreading to the ceiling, nearly damaging the elevator. Fortunately, it went out on its own after running out of oxygen, as the elevator doors remained closed when the incident occurred.
A 16-year-old teenager surrendered to local police four days after the event, as he admitted to the act. He said his friend, a 14-year-old boy who was standing outside the elevator when the accident happened, convinced him to start the fire. He was soon found by police after being captured on surveillance footage.
The reasons behind the boy’s act of arson are still unclear, with some reporting he was suffering from “high pressure” after his parents’ divorce, while other reports have said he did it “just for fun”. He has been detained by police for further investigation.
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