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Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Burning Vehicle

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New Brighton, MN-A Minnesota man is being hailed a hero after he pulled a stranger from a burning car in New Brighton.

"I can't even begin to imagine how he felt inside that car," said Good Samaritan Bob Renning.

A burn out shell is all that's left of the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer that went up in flames.

The driver was unaware his car was even on fire.

"There were flames underneath, underneath the vehicle," said Renning.

Renning says he couldn't believe what he saw in his rear-view mirror, so he flagged down the driver while his girlfriend called 9-1-1.

"That's when things started going wrong inside the car," he said.

The driver lost brakes and had to coast to a stop and as the wires began to melt underneath the hood he lost the use of his power locks and power windows.

"I didn't see him get out. Got about halfway to the car and realized that it was just filled with smoke,” said Renning. “Got all the way up to the car, and he was just pounding on the passenger side window, kicking at it trying to get it to open."

As the panicked driver struggled to get out of the burning car, instincts kicked in for Renning, who has been an Air National Guard member for the past 24 years.

"I didn't have anything to break the glass, so I just grabbed the top of the door frame and started pulling. And when the glass broke then I was able to reach in and guide him and help him, get him out of the car," he said.

Moments later the SUV was engulfed up in flames

"Today's cars burn very hot and very fast,” said Roseville Fire Department Chief Tim O’Neill.

Within minutes Roseville firefighters were on the scene. The vehicle is now unrecognizable.

The driver suffered a few minor cuts and scrapes from climbing out of the window and was treated for smoke inhalation.

"Great job. Those are the type of people you want around you when bad things are happening," said  Chief O’Neill. “And seconds mattered, and he did exactly what he needed to do and most likely saved his life."

"It's not anything that someone else wouldn't have done in the same situation. It’s just timing. I was just there at the time,” said Renning.

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