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Not many people would try to drive a burning car filled with smoke, but that's exactly what Rodney Stanley did when his wife's car burst into flames. The couple had smelled smoke on their way to an IGA grocery store in Loris, S.C., but couldn't find the source of the smell under the hood. When they came back out to the parking lot fifteen minutes later Stanley's wife's 2008 Pontiac Solstice was full of smoke.

Stanley immediately jumped in to move the car away from other vehicles. At this point the car was belching so much smoke that he was driving blind and his wife had to shout directions to him.

Stanley told WMBF News he wanted to get the blazing car away from other people and vehicles, but getting back into a burning car is extremely dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association urges drivers to pull off of the road and turn off the engine to starve fires of fuel. Once the engine is off driver and passengers should get at least 100 feet away from the burning car and not go back into the car under any circumstance.

You shouldn't try to extinguish a large car fire yourself, but there are circumstances when you can try if you have a fire extinguisher. If there is smoke coming from under your hood but no flames, you can crack the hood slightly and spray at the gap from a few feet away. Do not open the hood all the way as the increased oxygen could quickly turn a tiny fire into a big blaze. However, if the fire is in the rear of the vehicle near the gas tank, you should get away quickly. Only a professional should attempt to douse fires of this sort.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a hero.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hello out there!
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy is an IDIOT, and so are all of the commentors here who hail him as a hero! He stated he couldn't see out of the windows! What if he had hit a pedestrian or was overcome by the smoke and fumes before he got the car to a "safe" place! I suppose all of the people that call him a hero would run back into their own burning homes to retrieve some personal belongings ,also. Leave the heroism to those that are trained to be just that! Our first responders are there to save lives and property! Let them do that! What property and lives did this guy save by moving the car? He would have been more of a hero , if he had gone into the store, called 911, grabbed a few extinguishers, and possibly tried to knock the fire down, but to move the car is simply idiotic!
      • 1 Year Ago
      He could have just made sure that no one was in any of the other cars and not gotten in his car, to hell with the other cars and the supermarket they have insurance. The question burning in my mind is how the hell did the car start on fire in the first place, the car was only five years old?
      • 1 Year Ago
      My car went on fire once in a gas station parking lot, I ran in to get a fire extinguisher from the attendant, she said "that is only for the store, you can't use it!!" I said, if I don't this whole place is gonna blow up. She gave it to me. They car would start to move it
      • 1 Year Ago
      I Love my 2010 Truck it is LOW MILES and LOADED :::::::::::: here is the BIG BUTT ---- if it is OWN - FIRE -- BURN BABY BURN --- HELLO INSURANCE --- YOU -- HAVE -- A --- PROBLEM !!!!!!!!!! THAT - IS - WHAT - I -- PAY & PAY & PAY INSURANCE FOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      STUPID STUPID......................911 FIRST......GET A FIRE FORM FROM THE STORE..THAT THEY HAVE AVAIBLE.....AT MANY LOCATIONS... IT'S THE LAW... BLOCK PEOPLE FROM THE AREA........DEAR GOD, HE IS A.O.K.!!!!!!!!! LUCKY MAN...................but stupid...........
      MR weaver king
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a fool .
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        @MR weaver king
        Yes you are
      • 1 Year Ago
      Headline reads "Man found stunning sight after exiting grocery store", and I thought he bought the glasses (he is wearing) there that gives him super vision.
      OH NOBLE ONE!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every car fire I saw usually burns the car to the ground quickly. This man has a lot of guts!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very brave man did the right thing, glad didn't buy a Pontiac Solistice.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Incredible, selfless bravery! Thank you sir, for your thoughtful actions! I'm happy that neither you, your wife nor anyone else was injured. Kudos.
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