A man is lucky to be alive after police officers pulled him from a burning car in Austin, Texas. The rescue was caught video by dashboard cameras in the patrol cars.
From KXAN in Austin:
Austin Police Department and Fire Arson investigators are looking into the cause of an explosion that sent three people, including two police officers, to area hospitals early Tuesday morning.
Fire officials say officers were trying to talk to a driver around 2 a.m. at the Stassney Food Mart on 5717 South Interstate 35. When officers tried to get closer to him, he jumped back in his car and said, “I think I’m going to set the car on fire,” according to APD dash camera video. A few seconds later, a loud pop is heard and fire engulfed the vehicle.
The officers were able to pull the driver — who was alone — out of the burning car before fire crews arrived, and he was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in serious condition and may likely have to be taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Police say they believe the driver of the car was trying to commit suicide.
“I don’t know that the officers could have done anything different in situation. But it’s just a little piece of knowledge; everything they get, they can put in toolbox and take with them to a similar call later on down the line," APD Cmdr. Nick Wright said.
“That car got hot quick. We’re talking thousands of degrees inside there; you saw the force it created right there. For him to get back in the car like that, to do that, he was very dedicated on killing himself,"Austin Fire Department Cpt. Andy Reardon said.
“I’m very proud of the officers’ courageous life-saving efforts and relieved their injuries were minor. My thoughts and prayers go out to the person they saved," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.