Warning a driver
Go Fund Me account set up to help replace vehicle
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
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.