Kiwi saves family from burning car

Last updated 10:33 10/06/2014

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A young Kiwi who saved a woman from a flooded car has made another dangerous rescue on the other side of the world.

Volunteer firefighter Buddy Harwood, 20, saved a family of five from a burning vehicle in Canada, where he now lives with his girlfriend, Stephanie Saxton.

The pair were travelling to the resort town of Whistler in British Columbia, western Canada, when they spotted a cloud of dust coming from the side of the road, and discovered the flipped car down a bank, Global News reported.

They did a U-Turn and got out of their car to help, joined by another motorist.

When Saxton called 911 they were told to keep back from the burning car, but they saw a young boy inside screaming and banging on the window.

Harwood smashed the window with a rock and pull the boy to safety.

A man who had stopped to help had a fire extinguisher and sprayed the car to give the rescuers more time, while another gave Harwood a knife to cut the seatbelt and free the driver.

As the car became engulfed in flames, they were able to pull out an elderly man, a second child, and a woman from the back seat.

When they made it to the top of an embankment, the car exploded.

The older man later died from his injuries.

In a Facebook post, Saxton wrote about the harrowing experience.

"A lot has taken place over these past two days, all I can say is we are very thankful the family is now recovering," she said.

"Everyone who helped out Saturday deserved to be noticed and they have. Everyone risked their life and were glad they are all safe."

Harwood made the news in New Zealand last year when he saved an elderly woman from a submerged car during a flood near Waihi Beach.

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