The interior of the car was gutted by the flames. Photo /
Two children were rescued from a car fire by a passer-by
in a Palmerston North carpark today.
Manawatu fire service assistant area commander Rodger Calder
said the fire occurred in a Toyota Previa people-mover just
"On arrival there we found a passer-by had rescued two
children out of the vehicle and we called the ambulance and
the children, along with their mother have been transported
to Palmerston North Hospital.
"One was Status 4 and one was Status 3 - one of them has
suffered some burns and I would imagine the other one was
"We put the fire out and are currently awaiting a fire
investigator to come and determine the cause."
The children were aged three months and three-years-old, Mr
Calder said. A seven-year-old child was also present but
uninjured by the blaze.
Initial indications suggested the children may have been left
in the can while their mother was in the supermarket, Mr
- Brendan Manning of APNZ