Arizona man heroically saves two toddlers from burning car moments before it’s engulfed in flames
A Yuma man rescued a two-year-old and three-year-old girl from a burning car on the side of the road, moments before the car caught fire. On a remote highway Thursday night on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
Good Samaritan Sam Heller, 30, said he was driving Thursday evening with his wife, Melissa, on a remote highway on their way to a memorial weekend. Navajo County, ArizonaWhen the engine of a car ahead of them caught fire. When the flames rose, he pulled up.
Heller said the parents of both girls got out of the front seats of the car and closed their doors, and for some unknown reason all the doors immediately closed, prompting him to get the girls into the back seat. The doors could not be opened.
“Parents were freaking out, screaming and banging on the windows with their bare hands, both back windows in front of the kids,” Heller told Fox News Digital, but the parents rolled down the windows. Failed to break through.
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“They had about 20 seconds until the fire spread from the engine block to the cab. The girls were screaming, the parents were screaming, my wife was screaming. It was so bad. The fire broke out in the fuel tank It unleashed a legitimate fireball explosion.”
“The father followed her, but panicked, tried to throw a rock at the back windows where the girls would have been covered by glass and a heavy rock smashed through it. The hood of the car, and the two- and three-year-olds screamed. have been,” he said.
“Once the doors were open, Sam helped. Remove them from their seat belts.Help them get mom and dad out of the car, and get them to where we pulled over about 30 yards up the road,” he added.
Sam Heller said there was no cell phone service in the area, but he eventually flagged down another driver using a glow stick in his car, telling them to call 911 when they got there. Got cell service again – about 25 miles down the road.
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Tribal police and firefighters eventually arrived at the scene. Heller says that for hours afterward, the car fire in the Navajo County woods was engulfed in flames that they had to put out.
Melissa Heller said her husband’s initial instinct was to keep driving after seeing the vehicle pull over.
“But, at that moment, something came over him, and he felt like he had to stop and See if he can help”
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“Divine intervention, no doubt in our minds,” he said.