Good Samaritans Pull Man From Burning Car

VIDEO: Two good Samaritans driving by stopped and pulled the man to safety.
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An off-duty police officer and a man whose identity remains a mystery are being hailed as heroes today after rescuing a man from a burning car.

Chris Murdock, a reserve duty officer for the Brazoria County Sheriff's office near Houston, Texas, was driving in the city of La Porte around 5:30 a.m. Thursday when he saw a car engulfed in smoke.

As he pulled over to help, another passerby swooped in and ran to the SUV, opening the door and pulling the driver out of the vehicle just before it burst into flames.

"He's the hero. That guy saved him," Murdock told Houston station KHOU-TV. "I [had] no idea if there's anybody else in [the SUV] or not. I [was] hoping somebody shows up with a fire extinguisher or a hose. I'd have been happy with a garden hose, anything at that point."

The driver whom the mystery good Samaritan pulled to safety was the only person in the vehicle. He escaped without any major injuries after a harrowing crash that sent his car off the road, flying through the air into traffic signs, light poles and two curbs before it stopped in the parking lot of the office of a local optometrist.

A surveillance camera outside the office captured the dramatic rescue.

"We're really blessed that there were no patients here and that he didn't get into the building and that there were no passengers inside the car," Frazier told ABCNews.com. "If he had gotten into the office, the office would be no more because the flames were that hot."

The severity of the crash was heightened because the driver kept his foot on the accelerator while airborne.

"We're talking about a rescue instead of a fatality because he didn't hesitate at all," Frazier said of Murdock. "He just got out and walked straight into it."

KHOU reported the driver, who was not named, had beer with him in the car, according to witnesses.

The La Porte Police Department has not replied to ABC News' request for comment as of this writing. Attempts to reach Chris Murdock for comment today were also not successful.

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