Motorist saves mum and daughter from car blaze

UPDATE: A woman whose car caught on fire at the top of the Toowoomba Range says a fellow motorist saved her life by alerting her to the fire.

Lockyer Valley woman Pietra Gardner was driving on the Warrego Highway with her daughter Krista when a motorist pulled into the lane next to her.

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The man started waving his arms and yelling fire.

"We pulled over and both dived out of the car," Ms Gardner said.

"He called the firies on my phone because I was shaking too much.

"And then he proceeded to put the fire in the car out himself."

Jay Williams from Eastgate Motel on the Range called the fire brigade after seeing the commotion.

"I ran out there and saw what was going on.

"They asked me to contact the firies," he said.

Firefighters work at the scene.
Firefighters work at the scene. Contributed

Mr Williams said housekeepers from the hotel jumped into action with fire extinguishers.

Ms Gardner said she wanted to thank the man who helped her.

"He saved our lives.

"If it wasn't for him we could've been injured or killed."

She said she was too shaken up to get his name.

"I'm still in shock.

"I think he operates a local gardening business.

"I'd like to thank him for his bravery and I want to buy him a beer."

Krista Gardner was in Toowoomba for a job interview.

The clothes which she had brought especially for the meeting were damaged by smoke from the fire and flame retardant.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said officers were called to Burnage St about 9.45am.

Smoke was seen coming from the car which crews worked to snuff out.

No one was injured in the incident.

EARLIER: Smoke billowing from a van at the top of the Toowoomba Range this morning was swiftly dealt with by fire crews.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service were called to Burnage St about 9.45am with reports a car was on fire.

Smoke was seen coming from the car which crews worked to snuff out.

Housekeepers rush into action at the scene.
Housekeepers rush into action at the scene. Contributed

Jay Williams from Eastgate Motel on the Range called the fire department after seeing commotion.

"I ran out there and saw what was going on they asked me to contact the firies," he said.

Mr Williams said housekeepers from the hotel jumped into action with fire extinguishers.

No one was injured in the incident.



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