Hero drags dog from smoking car

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A HERO stranger risked his life to rescue a pet dog from a smoking car – seconds before it burst into flames.

Dan White ran up to the crashed vehicle, ignoring the smoke billowing from the engine, and pulled out trapped Jack Russell Izzy.

Owner Ciara Hartley, who was with her baby daughter, praised 29-year-old Dan for his heroic actions.

The accident happened shortly after Ciara, 32, had enjoyed a walk with Izzy and Amber, one, at Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian.

Ciara crashed as she negotiated the narrow, hilly road back to her home in Livingston.

Dan, from Livingston, said: “I work from home so I had gone out for a drive to clear my head when I saw Ciara and loads of smoke coming from her car.

“I stopped to see if I could help and she told me about the dog, so I went and got her.

“I really don’t think that I did very much.”

Seconds after the rescue, Ciara’s car went up in flames.

Ciara described Dan as a “hero”. She said: “I really don’t know what I would’ve done without him.