VIDEO: Deputies Free Trapped Driver From Inferno As Blaze Completely Engulfs Car

Harris County deputies rescued Jonathan Morales-Fuentes just seconds before the flames overtook his car.

Houston, TX – A car crash victim trapped in a burning vehicle was saved by Harris County Constable’s Office (HCCO) deputies mere seconds before his car became engulfed by flames (video below).

The incident began shortly before 6 a.m. on Dec. 8, when 20-year-old Jonathan Morales-Fuentes fell asleep at the wheel, KABC reported.

“I rolled down the window, but I was sleepy,” Morales-Fuentes told the news outlet.

A moment later, he slammed into a tree, demolishing the front of his car and trapping his leg inside.

Moments after the crash, HCCO Sergeant Lance Anderson happened to turn down the same roadway, and spotted the vehicle on fire.

“I never took that road to go home before,” Sgt. Anderson told KABC. “I was going back to leave a report at the office. There were so many coincidences that morning.”

Sgt. Anderson and a tow truck driver “tried in vain to get into the car and help the trapped driver,” the department said in the video release.

Additional deputies arrived at the scene, and they all worked to “temporarily slow down the spreading flames” using fire extinguishers while they raced to free Morales-Fuentes’ trapped right foot, the agency said.

“We might have to break your leg, bro – I’m sorry,” one of the deputies warned Morales-Fuentes as smoke billowed out of the cab of his car.

As the flames continued to overtake the interior, one deputy managed to cut the driver’s pants, which enabled them to yank him out of the car.

They dragged Morales-Fuentes to safety just as the flames fully engulfed the interior of his destroyed vehicle.

He was transported to a local hospital with a torn shoulder, a broken nose, and two shattered eye sockets, according to KABC.

He was taken into surgery, and is expected to make a full recovery, the HCCO said.

Multiple deputies suffered minor burns and singed hair as a result of the blaze, but none were seriously injured.

“These deputies showed incredible courage as they worked together to save this man’s life,” HCCO Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap said in the release. “You never know, until you find yourself in a situation like this, how you’ll react. The way they responded under extremely stressful and dangerous conditions makes me proud to wear the same Precinct 5 badge.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the dramatic rescue in the video below:

Comments (18)
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Judid292
Judid292

Wow, that was really close. In my years of EMS I’ve never had a call that close to explosion. Thank God.

bryantrent
bryantrent

OMG

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

Another incident where the Almighty God led someone to help another.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Hero's every single one of those men and woman who risked their lives to save that life how many people can say they do that on a day to day basis during their jobs. They deserve out upmost respect and support. Its who we call whenever were in danger or need help.

NomonK
NomonK

Gods had was ever so present. Special thank you to each of the HEROES that risk their own lives for a total stranger. God bless you all.

RunCop
RunCop

Great job!

Sargejh
Sargejh

Holy Shit! Awesome job!

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

LEOs=HEROES

LEO0301
LEO0301

The @Hi_estCommDenomn of the world would have recorded the man burning to death so they could post it online. These deputies are real hero's. I can only imagine how hot it must have been while they worked to free the man. Do you think the MSM will report this? I mean, normally they only want to show the police in a bad light.

MKD23
MKD23

HEROES

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Now that my friends was a true Festivus Miracle!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Job well done 👍, bless them all. Keep them safe so they can go home to their family,

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

God Bless all our first responders!!! ❤💙

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Those guys are true heroes. The driver was so close to being burned alive. What a terrible way to go that would be.

"Sorry, bro, we may have to break your leg."

"Nooooooo."

They weren't kidding either. What a happy ending.

Buzz17
Buzz17

The calmness of all the rescuers while they worked at top speed to free this guy . . . wow!!! Nerves of steel & hearts of gold!! Great job, all of you!

61mouse
61mouse

If his leg got broken hope he's NOT an asshole and sue them