Driver: ‘God saved our lives’

Two women escape injury when car burns

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Two women traveling were on their way to Greensboro pulled in front of the Comfort Suites hotel on Greene Street at about 7:45 p.m. in Rockingham. The stop, though, had nothing to do with wanting a good night’s rest.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com This is the scene Rockingham Fire Department personnel saw when arriving Friday night at Comfort Suites.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
This is the scene Rockingham Fire Department personnel saw when arriving Friday night at Comfort Suites.

The cabin of their 2012 Hyundai Sonata filled with smoke, and as they exited the vehicle, the engine caught fire. As Rockingham Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene within two minutes of the call, the vehicle was ablaze.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze post haste. Rockingham Police Department officers also responded to see if they could render assistance.

The driver said she had no idea what happened.

“We just pulled over,” she said. “It was smoking.”

Whether it was quick action on her part that spared her and her traveling companion injury or something else — well, the driver believes in the latter.

“God saved our lives,” she said.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The flames overtaking a Hyundai Sonata can be seen in the reflection of the Comfort Suites hotel lobby doors.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The flames overtaking a Hyundai Sonata can be seen in the reflection of the Comfort Suites hotel lobby doors.

Though the driver asked firefighters both what caused the fire and if it was drivable, the vehicle appeared to suffer significant damage.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The driver of a 2012 Hyundai Sonata talks with firefighters about what might be salvageable inside the cabin of the vehicle.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The driver of a 2012 Hyundai Sonata talks with firefighters about what might be salvageable inside the cabin of the vehicle.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Firefighters used a hose attached to a truck as they approached the scene before taking manual control of the scene.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Firefighters used a hose attached to a truck as they approached the scene before taking manual control of the scene.

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