Fire captain rescues 3-year-old boy from burning minivan

Fire captain rescues 3-year-old boy from burning minivan (ABC7)

Fire Captain Mike Basinger rescued a three-year-old boy on Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. on Nannie Helen Boroughs Avenue in Northeast.

“This morning we dispatched for a call for an auto fire,” said Basinger. “We began extinguishing the fire in the engine compartment and at that time, I heard a child scream.”

“No one was saying that a child was in the car…so I didn’t think anybody would be in the car,” said Basinger.

With the minivan completely filled with smoke, Basinger rushed in to save the three-year-old boy.

“The child was in the third row of the caravan, said Basinger. “He was stuck underneath the seat. I then pulled him over the second row and then outside.”

That’s when the boy’s mother rushed out of the daycare and held her son tight. She was inside the daycare with her infant, when the fire started.

“It’s part of the job. It’s what we do. It’s why I wanted to become a firefighter,” said Basinger.

“If this mom is watching tonight, what message do you want to send to her? asked ABC7’s Anna-Lysa Gayle.

“I’m glad your child is okay and I’m glad I was there to help you,” said Basinger.

Basinger says the fire started in the minivan’s engine and it appears to be an accident.

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