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Woman called a 'hero' after pulling person from burning car in Jennings hospital parking lot

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A Jennings woman is being called a hero tonight, after saving another woman from a burning car.

That fire started around 1:30 in the parking lot of the Jennings American Legion Hospital. Investigators say the car exploded after the woman inside lit a cigarette, with a gas can nearby.

According to Keith Simpson, Chief Operating Officer at Jennings American Legion Hospital, the whole building was evacuated quickly and smoothly to get patients to safety. No one inside the hospital was injured and the building sustained only a broken window.

The 79-year-old woman inside the car is out of the hospital, with only a few flash burns.

Family members say it's because of a kind stranger's quick thinking that this accident wasn't much worse.

"Thank you doesn't even cover it like she did something so amazing," said Megan Stitzlein, who is the granddaughter of the victim.

19-year-old Britlyn Hargrave, a hospital employee, did something most people wouldn't after the car exploded.

"I was just thinking about getting her away from it so I just grabbed her and I just ran," said Hargrave. "I was walking to deliver supplies like I normally do every day and I heard this loud boom and I heard somebody say 'help, help' so I came around the cars and she was standing outside the car, just shaking."

Hargrave ran straight towards the burning car, without anything to protect her and without more than a second to think.

She saw Blanche Mann standing there next to the car, frozen with fear and her hair on fire.

"So I left my supplies and I ran up to the lady and I grabbed her hand and I just took off. And we were a couple of steps away and it blew up again. If I would've waited any longer it could've blown up while I was approaching. So I'm kind of glad I did what I did," said Hargrave.

Now, Mann's family is thanking Hargrave for risking her own life to save someone she didn't even know.

"Someone that is so good that they'll go to a burning car to save a complete stranger. She saved my grandmother. And I couldn't live without my grandmother," said Stitzlein.

Nobody else was injured in the explosion and fire, but two nearby cars were damaged, one of them totaled.

"I had to do what I had to do, I didn't think. If it would've been me I would've wanted someone to help me, that's the way I look at it. God puts you in specific situations for a reason and you just have to roll with the punches," said Hargrave.

KATC's Dannielle Garcia spoke with hospital administrators who say Hargrave will most likely be the employee of the month, if not, of the year.

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