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Young mother pulls daughter to safety as car erupts in flames in Corona

By in Press Enterprise on February 5, 2018

By David Downey

A visibly shaken but fast-thinking young mother pulled her flaming car over to the side of a road and lifted her 3-year-old daughter to safety Saturday night, Feb. 3, in Corona, authorities said.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred at 6:20 p.m. Saturday on Magnolia Avenue near the 15 Freeway, said Capt. Mark Bonney of the Corona Fire Department.

“She was driving down Magnolia (headed east) and heard a bang from her vehicle and noticed flames coming out of her hood,” Bonney said.

The woman’s daughter was in the back seat, fastened in a car seat, Bonney said.

“She stopped the car right where it was at and pulled her daughter out,” he said.

That happened to be the driveway to a Mobil gas station on Magnolia between Rimpau Avenue and the freeway. She stopped 30-40 feet away from the station’s gas pumps.

Corona police shut down that stretch of road temporarily, authorities said. And Bonney said the gas pumps were turned off for a short period of time, until the fire no longer posed a threat

Bonney said the fire was confined to the vehicle’s engine and did not spread to the passenger compartment. He did not identify the driver.

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