Police quick to action when woman's car catches fire at gas pumps

lfabian@macon.comJuly 19, 2013 

Flames started shooting out of India Curry's car early Friday morning after she stopped to get gas at the Murphy Express in east Macon.

"Before I could get out of the car, it just started flaming on fire and smoking really bad. We just had to rush out of the car," Curry said. "It got worse and worse and worse."

Police officers, who happened to be at the convenience store at 1402 Gray Highway about 5 a.m., noticed the smoke and rushed to the burning Toyota Corolla sedan.

"Thank God we had two officers here to help up out," she said. "They came running and trying to stop the fire."

Officer Coleman Lewis got behind the burning car as his partner, Jacob Young, jumped inside and put it in neutral so Lewis could push it away from the gas pumps.

They radioed for Macon-Bibb County firefighters, who quickly arrived and extinguished the flames.

The officers dismissed their heroic efforts.

"We were really just doing our jobs. That's what we're here for, we make sure we protect life and property as much as we can," Lewis said. That's what we signed up for."

Young did not have time to think about the hazards of getting into a burning car, he just knew he had to move it away from the gas pumps to prevent disaster.

"It just comes natural. It's natural instinct to help," Young said.

Lewis said: "It's not really something you think about. It's just something you do."

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.


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