Firefighters rescue man from burning SUV

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Firefighters pulled a man from a burning car Tuesday night, saving his life, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue.

About 9:15 p.m., the man was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Interstate 5 about two miles north of Woodland.

The SUV veered off the road, into the center median and crashed into bushes. Then it caught fire.

A Clark County Fire & Rescue crew from the Woodland station saw the fire, Dawdy said.

“These young firefighters scrambled down the bank and pulled the guy out of the car just before the flames impinged on the cab of the vehicle,” Dawdy said. Then, the rig was engulfed in flames.

“They saved his life,” Dawdy said.

The man’s name, age and residence were not immediately available. Dawdy said the man had minor injuries.

Cowlitz County Fire District 1 helped in the effort.

More details later.