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Woman burned during heroic rescue attempt

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – She tried to save someone trapped in a burning car on Wednesday; on Thursday, an East Texas woman is in a Dallas hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, a man reportedly made an illegal turn from University Blvd. onto Patriot Drive, when he hit a car, flipping his car on its top, causing it to burst into flames.

One Good Samaritan tried to save him when the fire ignited. She left the scene, but moments later, had to be rushed to the hospital with severe burns.

Renee Kirkley says when she heard the news about her niece's heroic act, it didn't surprise her. What did surprise her is she had just missed her.

"I came up on the accident myself yesterday, and they rerouted me, and I could see vehicles, and I didn't know what had happened," says Renee, "But my mother-in-law called me this morning to let me know about Brittney."

According to Renee, when her 25-year-old niece Brittney Kirkley saw the accident happen, she immediately stopped to help.

Brittney and another man at the scene attempted to help the man trapped inside the flipped vehicle, but the unexpected happened.

"And when she was trying to pull on him and the car exploded, then it scared her and she had to get back because she was on fire, too," says Renee.

But Renee says because Brittney was in such a state of shock, she left the scene before she could be looked at by medical personnel and left to pick up her friend from work.

"When she got there she couldn't breathe, was hurting, and they called an ambulance."

Renee says Brittney was taken to ETMC and then flown to Parkland in Dallas.

"She has second and third degree burns around her facial area, arms, and chest area," explained Renee.

But despite her injuries, Renee says Brittney would do it again.

"That's putting your life on the line for someone else, you know, and her baby was in the truck with her so, that to me, shows bravery of the people of East Texas," Renee expressed.

Renee says Brittney will be brought back from Parkland in Dallas to ETMC in the next few days.

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