The heart-stopping incident unfolded on Friday, November 26, when 27-year-old Mellisa Grant was driving a Vauxhall Corsa in Brownhills, Walsall, with her sons, Braidan, 3, and Bradley, 1, in the back seat.
A mother bravely rescued her two young sons from a fiery car with merely seconds to spare. The heart-stopping incident unfolded on Friday, November 26, when 27-year-old Mellisa Grant was driving a Vauxhall Corsa in Brownhills, Walsall, with her sons, Braidan, 3, and Bradley, 1, in the back seat. At one point, Grant turned on the heating to de-mist the car and that's when she spotted a fire in the passenger footwell. Without wasting a moment, she threw Braidan away from the car but struggled to get Bradley out of his car seat. Thankfully, she managed to jump out with her youngest son just in time before the car "exploded."
Grant didn't stop there, she heroically carried her two children away from the flaming vehicle as she raced towards a house located nearby. She then "threw up" on the lawn while calling 999 for emergency assistance. According to Mirror, Grant went out that day to collect some decorative items when her car caught on fire but returned home with intense trauma. "I live just off the road it caught fire, we were traveling only down the road to Sainsbury's to pick up some decorations and some things I ordered from Argos that day," she noted.
The ordeal has reportedly left the family extremely distressed, especially 3-year-old Braidan who has been having nightmares ever since. "Bradley doesn't seem to know what happened, but my eldest Braidan keeps saying, 'mommy car on fire Braidan and Bradley so scared' and then he keeps waking up in the middle of the night coming in our room saying 'mommy car on fire,'" recalled Grant while speaking to BlackCountryLive. Describing her own troubled state of mind, the mother-of-two opened up about not being able to sleep peacefully. "I keep having flashbacks when I close my eyes so I can’t really sleep."
She also shared her story on Facebook hoping to raise awareness about the dangers. "Tonight my car set on fire with me and my two babies in it. I managed to get Braidan out of his car seat, but I couldn’t get Bradley out of his car seat, the car was engulfed in flames so I threw Braidan away from us because I wasn’t going to leave Bradley and I’ll die trying to save my baby and the car was going to explode any second. I managed to pull him out. Not caring at this point if I broke his arm because I pulled him so hard. I ran with the kids to the nearest house screaming for help. The car then exploded behind us as I was screaming. The family in the house took my kids in as I threw up on their lawn as I rang 999, I think I was still screaming," she wrote.
When Grant's husband was informed about the incident, he rushed to the scene. "Jamie came and thought we were still in the car because all he could hear was us screaming and the fire had set the horn off so he punched in the front window and cut his hand open. I’ve had some oxygen due to smoke inhalation, but other than that we are all okay. I haven’t stopped shaking. I can’t get that image out of my head the moment I was driving and I turned my head and saw the passenger side on fire. And the moment I threw Braidan away from the car because I thought me and Bradley was going to die. I don’t think I’m going to forget the moment I thought I was going to die with my babies. And I feel like I might never sleep again," she shared.
"I had the heating on full to de-mist the windscreen as I was driving, and smoke came through into the car vents and seconds later fire just appeared out of nowhere in the cabin on the front bottom passenger side (where their feet would be) where the heating is, all while I was still driving, it happened in seconds. "’ve had the car for five years with no problems. I picked it up from the MOT today to which it passed and it had a full/major service while at the garage (with both air filters and the oil filter replaced). It cannot happen to anyone else and I need answers to why me and my babies nearly lost our lives tonight," she added demanding answers.
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