San Diego good Samaritan risks life to rescue possible victims of car fire on Interstate-805

Car blaze occurred on I-805 north of Home Ave

SAN DIEGO - A man risked his life Thursday night to try to save what he thought could be victims trapped in a burning car. 

According to witnesses, the incident took place around 10 p.m. on the northbound lanes of Interstate-805, just north of Home Avenue in San Diego. 

A man told 10News that he was driving on the freeway when he saw a sedan was beginning to catch on fire on the shoulder.

As he approached the vehicle, another motorist stopped his pickup truck on the southbound center divide, and that driver got out and ran across the busy freeway dodging cars to get to the blaze.

As the first driver pulled out his camera and began filming, he said the other driver who crossed the lanes broke out the car windows with a flashlight and opened the doors. 

The men said there was no one inside, but the extra oxygen may have provided the fire with the fuel it needed, because just a minute later, the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames. 

Firefighters said they arrived just after the car exploded. It took crews about 15 minutes to knock the flames down as California Highway Patrol officers shut down all the northbound lanes of I-805. 

As firefighters battled the blaze, the good Samaritan ran back to his pickup and drove away. 

CHP officers said the cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed to have started near the engine. 

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