Stranger rescues kids from car fire

04:31, 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 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.

Staff from Unichem and Pak'n Save tried to put the fire out with extinguishers.

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

"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."

St John Ambulance treated two children and one adult for smoke inhalation and burns.

Palmerston North acting senior sergeant Steve Crawford said the baby was taken to hospital for observation.

"The Fire Service are investigating the cause of the fire and we will make a decision on [any charges] when we hear back from them," he said.

"It was excellent work from the bystander and she probably saved the young kids' lives."

Crawford said police will follow up with the bystander who rescued the children.


Manawatu Standard