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ABERDEEN, Wash. - An Aberdeen, Washington family wants to properly thank a mysterious stranger who helped save a little girl from a burning mini-van.

The man walked away from the scene after making sure the girl, her brother and mother were all OK.

Michelle Wilson was in the drive-through of the Aberdeen Jack in the Box Wednesday when she noticed smoke coming from the back passenger door.

"I don't think I was thinking anything at the time other than 'Let's just get out of the car,'" said Wilson.

She parked the van and was able to unbuckle her 5-year-old son, Brett, but Wilson's 4-year-old year old daughter, Faith, wouldn't leave the car.

That's when the mysterious man appeared.

"He told them they needed to get far away from the car and my daughter kept wanting to get back to the car because she had dropped her hat," Michelle explained. "And he said 'No, you can't go back to the van. It has gas. It could blow up,' and he moved us far away."

The then van burst into flames and firefighters arrived within minutes.

Witnesses said the man headed to a nearby bus stop. The Wilsons don't know who he is, but they say they're very grateful.

Fire investigators still don't know what caused the fire.

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