Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hursley car fire: Mother and children badly burnt

Police road closed sign
Image caption Police are investigating the cause of the fire

A mother and her young son and daughter have been taken to hospital with serious burns after a car fire.

The vehicle was found ablaze at about 20:00 BST on Monday in Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, in Hampshire.

The boy, aged five, was airlifted to hospital in a life-threatening condition. The mother, 37, and girl, six, suffered serious injuries.

Passer-by Alan Beusmans, who helped rescue the boy, described the scene as "distressing".

Mr Beusmans and his son had been returning from a fishing trip when they came across the burning car, with the mother and daughter outside and the boy trapped inside.

Image caption Alan Beusmans and his son were first on the scene

"To my horror I saw this young kid pressing his face against the window. I went to open the door and burnt my hand.

"He fell out and amazingly got up.

"We got them all to the other side of the road to get them out of the way of any explosions from the car.

"I held his hand until the ambulance turned up.

"It was pure chance. If we hadn't been there, you just don't know," he said.

Police said the three people in the car were from Southampton and next-of-kin had been informed.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the car was completely destroyed.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire. Road closures are currently in place at the scene to allow investigation work.

Image caption Police have set up a cordon around the scene of the fire

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