Stranger pulls one-year-old from burning vehicle in Kansas
SALINA, Kan. — A stranger helped save a woman and her children from a burning vehicle in Salina, Kan., over the weekend KCWH reported.
According to KCWH, a single mom was moving from Kansas to Texas on Saturday with her three children when the check engine light came on in her vehicle. Sarah Haash told KCWH that moments later, the engine caught on fire along I-135.
Tim Gottschalk told KCWH that he was driving by and noticed the vehicle on fire. Gottschalk said he wasn’t initially going to stop because it looked like others were helping, but then he noticed something in the back of the vehicle.
“I said it looks like an arm, and then I said it’s a baby,” Gottschalk told KCWH.
Haash told KCWH that she was able to get her two older sons out safely, but she couldn’t reach her one-year-old.
“The smoke and heat was so intense it burned my nose throat chest was on fire inside,” Haash told KCWH. “Everything seized up on me, and I couldn’t get to him. It was horrifying because I couldn’t reach my son, and I was terrified.”
According to KCWH, Gottschalk said he didn’t think twice about going through the fire to rescue the baby.
“He came right up in the air, and I grabbed him, and I ran towards the highway, and then somebody said it’s going to blow,” Gottschalk told KCWH.
“If he hadn’t been as fast as he had about it, my baby would be gone,” Haash told KCWH.
Haash told KCWH that the van contained everything they owned, but she’s thankful no one was injured.
Family has since started a GoFundMe Page to help the family. Click here if you’d like to donate.
Haash also said she will stay in Iola, Kan., instead of move to Texas.