NASCAR driver saves family of four from vehicle fire on CA highway

- A NASCAR driver and U.S. Navy lieutenant saved the day for a California family whose minivan burst into flames. 

Jesse Iwuji was on his way home from a race at Sonoma Raceway, north of San Francisco, last weekend on I-5 when he noticed the family standing near the vehicle as the fire started.

He said as he walked toward the minivan, he could see a small fire underneath and a lot of fluid leaking from the vehicle. Iwuji said people were still in and around the vehicle.

Safety safety safety guys and girls. I saw a small little fire underneath this family of 4’s van and I knew right then it was about to be bad news. I’m glad I stopped and got them away because they were still worried about getting stuff out the car. Things went from small to bad

— Jesse Iwuji (@Jesse_Iwuji) June 25, 2018

"Being around race cars and in the military and knowing how quickly flammable fluids can go from a small fire to a big fire, I decided I needed to stop," he explained on "America's Newsroom." 

Iwuji quickly directed the family of four to move a safe distance away from the minivan and soon after, the whole vehicle was an inferno. He said he was in his fifth hour of a six-hour drive home when he saw the vehicle. 

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