An Arizona man heroically rescued two young girls from the back of a car that was engulfed in flames just moments after it caught fire.Sam Heiler, 30,
An Arizona man heroically rescued two young girls from the back of a car that was engulfed in flames just moments after it caught fire.
Sam Heiler, 30, had been driving to a Memorial Weekend getaway on Thursday evening with his wife Melissa in Navajo County, Arizona.
The two had been on a remote stretch of highway when the car in front of them, carrying a family of four, caught fire.
Speaking to Fox News, Heiler said the parents of the two girls go out of their front seats and shut their doors, which instantly locked their two girls in the backseat.
He said: ‘The parents were freaking out, screaming and punching the windows with their bare hands, both the back windows in front of the babies’
Sam Heiler and his wife Melissa, pictured, had been traveling on the remote highway through Navajo County when the car caught fire
The family’s car was left completely engulfed in flames after Heiler managed to rescue the two young girls inside
Dramatic footage captured after the heroic footage shows the black car completely engulfed in flames, with the rear doors the girls escaped from still open.
Heiler continued: ‘They had about 20 more 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 bad. When the fire hit the fuel tank it made a legitimate fireball explosion.’
Sam threw a rock through a front window, breaking the glass to open the doors from the inside and rescued the children.
Police on the reservation eventually arrived at the scene and hours after the incident, fires broke out in the area after spreading from the car.
Heiler told Fox News that he had to break open the front window of the car to manually open the car doors, rescuing the kids
The stretch of road, pictured here was littered with small fires in the hours following it
It comes after California firefighters rescued a group of people from a trapped car caught in floodwaters earlier this year.
The clip, shared by the Orange County Fire Authority, showed one adult who was sitting on a car rescued and four adults inside a car rescued while waiting on an off-ramp to Highway 55.
In total, five people were rescued and transported from the scene in Tustin.