Warn­ing a driver

Go Fund Me ac­count set up to help re­place ve­hi­cle

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@tc.tc

A Gan­der man faced the dan­gers of a car fire to warn the driver.

It all started out as just an­other lunch break for Cory Fos­ter.

On March 21 the Gan­der res­i­dent left his home of­fice and headed to Tim Hor­ton’s on Air­port Boule­vard to pick up a cof­fee.

As he en­tered onto the street, from El­iz­a­beth Drive, he no­ticed what ap­peared to be a ve­hi­cle mak­ing the turn into a nearby busi­ness.

But the ve­hi­cle wasn’t mov­ing. In fact, it was on fire.

“When I clued into what was go­ing on you could see balls of fire dropping down from un­derneath,” he told the Bea­con.

As Fos­ter went to pull around, he no­ticed a woman in the driver’s seat of the burn­ing car talk­ing on a cell phone.

“She must have been think­ing she’s broke down and not re­al­ized that her car was on fire,” he re­called.

Fos­ter left his truck, with the emer­gency lights on, and went to let the woman know what was go­ing on.

“I ran over and fran­ticly told her the car was on fire. She got out of the car and we got to safety in case some­thing hap­pened,” he said. “By the time I had got­ten to her, the lit­tle balls of fire had turned into a stream of fire, prob­a­bly about four to five feet be­hind the car.

“Within two to three min­utes of me get­ting her to get out of her car, the car was fully en­gulfed.”

Fos­ter called 911, who put him in touch with the Gan­der Fire Depart­ment, which re­sponded to douse the flames.

While wait­ing for the depart­ment mem­bers to ar­rive, he went into var­i­ous busi­nesses to make own­ers of ve­hi­cles parked nearby aware of what was hap­pen­ing.

Fos­ter called his ac­tions in the tense sit­u­a­tion “out of the norm” for him.

“In the past, I’ve been in sit­u­a­tions where I kind of freeze, per­haps its panic,” he said. “But to­day, what­ever hap­pened, when I saw that woman in the car, my only thought was to get her out.”

A Go Fund Me ac­count has al­ready be set up to help out Dona Snow, the woman in the car, who didn’t have fire dam­age as a part of her in­sur­ance cover­age.

The page says Snow is a sin­gle mother who “used her car of­ten to trans­port her nine-year-old daugh­ter back and forth to school, as well as other ac­tiv­i­ties she is en­rolled in.”

The aim is to raise the money to help, as her car was her only way of trans­porta­tion.

Fos­ter is hope­ful peo­ple will lend their sup­port.

“Know­ing the hu­man­ity (of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans) she’ll have the money for an­other ve­hi­cle in no time,” he said.

Go Fund Me do­na­tions to Dona Snow can be made at: gofundme.com/kb­h­n­phelp-sin­gle-mom-get-a-car

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CORY FOS­TER

The out­come could have been far worse had Cory Fos­ter not ar­rived at the scene of this car fire in Gan­der to­day to warn the driver of her predica­ment and help get her to safety.

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