Stranger With 18 Fire Extinguishers Helps Save South Carolina Woman From Burning Car

By ABC News

Aug 29, 2013 12:49pm

A 28-year-old South Carolina woman whose car caught on fire after crashing into a tree was saved Monday by a stranger driving by with 18 fire extinguishers in his truck.

Eddie Hall, a technician with a Charleston, S.C.-based fire protection company, was driving on a highway outside of Charleston Monday when he was flagged down by two women asking if he happened to have a fire extinguisher with him.

“I had 18 in the back of my truck,” Hall told local ABC affiliate WCIV.

Hall used those fire extinguishers to help Shana Porter, whose Honda had run off the highway, crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Porter was stuck inside her car, only able to stick her arms out of the top of her sunroof as she cried for help, according to Hall.

“A lot of it was people kind of running around and kind of yelling and pointing,” he said of the scene to save her life. “But, you could see the fire ragging about four to five feet off of the top of the hood of the car, or what used to be the hood of the car.”

Hall worked with a group of Good Samaritans to fight the fire until authorities arrived.  Police arrived on the scene before firefighters and jumped in to save Porter, using portable extinguishers and working without protective gear until firefighters arrived.

“They put themselves at risk,” said Sgt. Scott Hille with the North Charleston Police Department, according to WCIV.  “They approached as best they could realizing that there was some fence and some dense wooded area separating them from the rest of the vehicle.”

Once firefighters arrived on the scene they used a hose to quickly extinguish the fire and save Porter.

Porter was taken to a local hospital where she is in critical condition, according to WCIV.

Hall said he and the other Good Samaritans who stopped to help Porter were just doing what any person who comes upon an accident like that would do.

“I’d like to think if it were my wife, or my daughter trapped in that vehicle, my fellow citizens would have jumped in and helped as well,” Hall said.

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