A woman has revealed how she will 'never forget' the moment she thought she was going to die with her children when her car caught fire.
Mellisa Grant was driving her Vauxhall Corsa down Watling Street in Brownhills, Walsall, on Friday, November 26, with her young sons Braidan, three, and Bradley, one, in the back seats.
She had the heating turned on to demist the car, then said she suddenly noticed the passenger footwell catch fire, Black Country Live reports.
Heroically, Mellisa threw Braidan away from the car as she struggled to get Bradley out of his car seat – thankfully the family made it out just in time before the car 'exploded'.
She raced to a nearby house and "threw up" on the lawn as she called 999.
The 27-year-old mum, who lives in Brownhills, shared what happened on her Facebook page to raise awareness around the dangers. She said: "Tonight my car set on fire with me and my two babies in it.
"I managed to get Braidan out of his car seat, but I couldn’t get Bradley out of his car seat, the car was engulfed in flames so I threw Braidan away from us because I wasn’t going to leave Bradley and I’ll die trying to save my baby and the car was going to explode any second.
"I managed to pull him out, not caring, at this point, if I broke his arm because I pulled him so hard.
"I ran with the kids to the nearest house screaming for help. The car then exploded behind us as I was screaming.
"The family in the house took my kids in as I threw up on their lawn as I rang 999, I think I was still screaming."
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Mellisa's husband Jamie, 29, rushed to the scene.
She said: "Jamie came and thought we were still in the car because all he could hear was us screaming and the fire had set the horn off so he punched in the front window and cut his hand open.
"I’ve had some oxygen due to smoke inhalation, but other than that we are all ok. I haven’t stopped shaking.
"I can’t get that image out of my head the moment I was driving and I turned my head and saw the passenger side on fire. And the moment I threw Braidan away from the car because I thought me and Bradley was going to die.
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"I don’t think I’m going to forget the moment I thought I was going to die with my babies. And I feel like I might never sleep again."
A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said: "West Midlands Fire Service were called to reports of a fire on Watling Street, Walsall at 6.19pm on Friday 26 November.
"Firefighters from Aldridge Station attended and found a car on fire with the driver safely out of the vehicle after the assistance of a passer-by.
"Crews used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and provided oxygen therapy to the driver at the scene who was understandably shaken up by the incident."
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