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Man Pulls 21-Year-Old From Flames After Car Crash

Posted August 10, 2005 7:17 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville man pulled a 21-year-old out of flames Sunday after a fiery car crash, police said.

Police said the driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into several gas tanks at a convenience store located near the intersection of

Bragg Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive

at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

A fire broke out at the convenience store near the gas tanks, police said, and Richard Raynor went into the flames to pull the driver out of his car.

"I drug him out -- flames and all. And the people in the store were yelling, 'Don't go near it, don't go near it,'" Raynor said. "And I could see his head in there and flames, so I went to it anyhow and got him out."

Authorities said the driver may have had a seizure while driving the car. The driver's wife and one-year-old child escaped from the burning car through the passenger's side door.

The driver was airlifted to the burn center at UNC Hospitals, and his wife and child were transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital for observation.

Raynor was not injured.