Dramatic car fire in car park

01:05, Jan 14 2014
Car fire
CAR FIRE: Fire fighters were at the scene of the car blaze in the car park to Palmerston North's Pak 'n Save

Two children, including a small baby, were rescued by a stranger after the car they were in caught on fire in a busy car park.

Witness Sam Medhurst said a 'fireball' engulfed the Toyota Previa, which was parked in the Pak 'n Save car park in Palmerston North around lunchtime. 

Palmerston North Fire Service station officer Bevan Clark said a woman had parked her car and gone into the Unichem Pharmacy to get some medication when someone spotted a fire in her car.

Car fire
INSPECTION: Fire fighters inspect the vehicle.

"A bystander has pulled a baby out of the car," he said.

"The baby has received some superficial burns. The bystander did a really excellent job.

"At this stage we are treating it as an electrical fire."

Mr Clark said St John Ambulance attended the scene and treated one status three and two status four patients.

Staff from Unichem and Pak'n Save tried to put the fire out with extinguishers, while a woman pulled the children out.

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