A heroic Asda worker who risked his life to save a woman has been praised for his bravery by ECHO readers.

Richard Langley put his own safety aside as he ran towards a burning car in Asda car park.

Christine Rimmer was sat inside of her car in the Stanley Road store's car park as she saw smoke and flames rise from her vehicle.

She shouted to Mr Langley, 40, that her car was on fire and the dad heroically rushed over to help her.

His actions have since been praised by Christine and and store manager Russell Frankland, who says the calm way he dealt with the fire was fantastic.

ECHO readers have since praised Mr Langley for his courage.

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Richard Langley, 40, who heroically ran to a car on fire
Richard Langley, 40, who heroically ran to a car on fire

Alicia Middleton said: "Well done for what you did. Not many would, they would just stand back and take pics and videos as they watched."

Barbara Mansfield said: "Fantastic, yes!!!!!"

Several people also wanted to tell Mr Langley well done for his selfless actions.

Oonagh Mary Lee said: "Well done to Richard."

Chris Hurst said Mr Langley was "outstanding".

He added: "Well done you."

Christine, who was driving her brother Mark's car, had just pulled into the bay and was waiting for her sister, Stacey, who had popped into the store.

She said "Smoke just started coming from under the bonnet and I got out and looked and then as I turned the engine off that's when the flames started."

"A customer was shouting to get the bonnet up, but as it was my brother's car I didn't know where the catch was. He told me to go into the store to get a fire extinguisher. I remember shouting 'my car's on fire; help me, help me!' and Richard came running over.

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Christine, who says the cause of the fire is still unknown, said: "Once the flames were out and the fire brigade had arrived Richard was still saying, 'What can I do to help you?' I can't stress how grateful I am to him and the other customer. I was a wreck. I've been in a house fire before and I was in shock; I was shaking.

"It could have been a lot worse. I dread to think what would have happened if they weren't there. I can't thank them enough."

Store manager Russell, who nominated Richard for an Asda customer service award, said: "The whole team and local community are really proud of Richard and how he handled the situation.

"Richard calmly went out with a fire extinguisher and managed to put out the fire before the fire brigade got there. He was brilliant, absolutely fantastic, he really was.

"He just took control of the situation and also managed to calm the lady down as she was understandably petrified, bless her."