Grandfather desperately pulls boy from burning car

Grandfather desperately pulls boy from burning car

Alan Beusmans

Grandfather desperately pulls boy from burning car

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

AN heroic grandfather has spoken of his desperate rescue bid to drag a child from a burning car after it was engulfed by fire.

Alan Beusmans and his son William were first at the scene of a horrific fireball in Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, at around 8pm last night.

As reported by the Daily Echo, emergency services were called to the scene after reports that a 37-year-old woman and two children - a boy aged five and a six year old girl all from Southampton - had been seriously injured in the fire that broke out in their Ford Fiesta.

Talking to the Daily Echo, a shocked Mr Beusmans described the traumatic scenes that confronted him and his son as they went to go fishing.

Mr Beusmans, a grandfather of three, said: "It was well alight and there were two people in the road, a woman and a young girl.

"We thought we'd run to assist the lady, who had flames coming up around her legs.

"She was pointing towards the car and that's when I saw the other kid.

"I went over to the car and managed to get the door open - the boy was pressed up against the window.

"I burnt my hand opening it and the boy fell out of the car, I got him over to the other side.

"They were very distressed and I was shocked at what I saw but I managed to get myself together.

"You never expect anything like this to happen."

Another witness, who asked not to be named described hearing explosions before arriving at the scene soon after.

He said: "You don't expect to see something like this on a country lane.

"I am a part time gamekeeper and was thinking about having an early night. I was driving my car and then saw what was happening round the corner.

"I heard two explosions which may have been the tyres bursting.

"I stopped the cars coming up and directed them away.

"It's something you are not used to seeing. It's a quiet country lane."

As previously reported, the five-year-old boy was air- lifted to hospital with what were described as life-threatening injuries while the two other casualties were in a serious condition having suffered multiple burns.

This morning the boy remained in a critical condition.

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed they were investigating the cause of a fire.

Road closures remained in place at the scene of the fire to allow emergency services to carry out a thorough investigation.

A police spokesman said that the victims' next of kin have been informed of the incident and specially trained officers were supporting them.

Meanwhile Mr Beusmans, 64, played down his role in rescuing the child.

He added: "I will always have the pictures of this in my head. They say it takes a long time to get over something like this.

"Anyone would do this, I had to do it. You couldn't just leave them there.

"I wouldn't agree that I am a hero.

"I am pleased I went by at that time otherwise the poor lad might have died.

"I am proud of my son William too, he hasn't got any sleep since either.

"I have seen a few accidents in my time here but this is the worst thing to have happened by far.

"I'm hopeful they will pull through."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hampshire Major Incident team quoting Operation Ursa by calling 101.

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12:30pm Tue 12 Aug 14

RF says...

Fingers crossed that everyone recovers from this, good luck little man, well done to those that helped.
Fingers crossed that everyone recovers from this, good luck little man, well done to those that helped. RF
  • Score: 55

3:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Reality-man says...

RF wrote:
Fingers crossed that everyone recovers from this, good luck little man, well done to those that helped.
Amen to that, sounds horrific. Hope all parties get the help and support they need
[quote][p][bold]RF[/bold] wrote: Fingers crossed that everyone recovers from this, good luck little man, well done to those that helped.[/p][/quote]Amen to that, sounds horrific. Hope all parties get the help and support they need Reality-man
  • Score: 14

3:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

puppyfat says...

cripes what an awful thing to happen. i hope to god they all recover from this awful tragedy . well done to the helpers
cripes what an awful thing to happen. i hope to god they all recover from this awful tragedy . well done to the helpers puppyfat
  • Score: 15

6:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

lisa whitemore says...

I Hope & Pray they all come through this horrific ordeal. Those guys are definately true heroes for getting the little man out.
I Hope & Pray they all come through this horrific ordeal. Those guys are definately true heroes for getting the little man out. lisa whitemore
  • Score: 16

8:58pm Wed 13 Aug 14

southamptonadi says...

Whilst I'm proud of the man for saving the boys life, a true hero.

Even though the lady had clothes on fire shouldn't her priority be the kids. She could of just opened the door earlier. A stranger put his own life at risk to save the child, I would of thought the mum might of done the same. As she as stood up pointing.

Seeing some of the comments on the later story I'm not surprised, but well done Mr Beusmans for doin the most unselfish thing ever. Risking your own life for someone you don't know. You put some of us too shame.
Whilst I'm proud of the man for saving the boys life, a true hero. Even though the lady had clothes on fire shouldn't her priority be the kids. She could of just opened the door earlier. A stranger put his own life at risk to save the child, I would of thought the mum might of done the same. As she as stood up pointing. Seeing some of the comments on the later story I'm not surprised, but well done Mr Beusmans for doin the most unselfish thing ever. Risking your own life for someone you don't know. You put some of us too shame. southamptonadi
  • Score: 1

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