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Mom and two kids escape from burning truck with a little help

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SPOKANE, Wash. – While Sharlene Burton and her two kids were headed home from daycare, their truck suddenly turned off. Burton was driving down Broadway near Pines Road when she and her two kids had to quickly evacuate the car.

“I wasn't sure if it was going to blow up,” Burton explained. “Once I heard a couple popping sounds, I became concerned.”

Smoke started billowing out from underneath the hood of the truck with Burton and her two kids still inside. All she could do was quickly pull into the parking lot right next to North Pines Middle School where a football game was going on.

“We were just standing by watching football and we saw the smoke and we said we should go see what's going on,” said Kyra Wickstrom, an eighth grader at North Pines Middle School.

The smoke quickly turned into flames, so when 8th graders Kyra Wickstrom and Siqi Li saw Burton and her two kids through, the fence, they knew they had to help.

“We didn't want to see anybody get hurt,” Wickstrom explained.

“The kids over there were all yelling, you know, come over here, come over here, get away, it's going to blow up,” Burton exclaimed!

“She like slid them under that hole in the fence over there, and then we just took them down, and watched the football game,” Wickstrom said.

Looking at the aftermath, Sharlene feels lucky they all made it out alive.

“It was just hard,” Burton explained. “It was scary to see the pictures of it and see the inside, and how there were two car seats in there, and you can't tell there was anything, it's scary.”

It was scary, but having these students step in and help was a blessing.

“Just knowing that there were people there, it just gave me a sense of peace,” Burton said. “I didn't know them, but I just knew they [her kids] were going to be okay.”

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