A MUM has relived the horror of hauling her two sons out of a blazing car seconds before it "exploded".
Melissa Grant feared she would "die with her babies" when the passenger footwell of her Vauxhall Corsa suddenly caught fire with her kids - aged three and one - screaming in the back.
She had been driving in Brownhills in Walsall, West Midlands, on November 26 when she went to turn the heating on to demist the windscreen.
The mum-of-two then clocked that there was a fire on the floor next to her and rushed to get her children to safety.
She heroically threw three-year-old Braiden away from the vehicle as she struggled to free Bradley, one, from his car seat.
Melissa said she "didn't care how hard she pulled her son's arm, even if it broke" as she would "die trying to save her baby".
The trio made it out of the car just in time before it was engulfed in flames.
Melissa then raced to a nearby house and "threw up" on the lawn as she dialled 999.
The 27-year-old, who has been left badly shaken by the ordeal, told BlackCountryLive: "Bradley doesn't seem to know what happened, but my eldest Braidan keeps saying, 'mommy car on fire Braidan and Bradley so scared'.
"And then he keeps waking up in the middle of the night coming in our room saying 'mommy car on fire'.
"I keep having flashbacks when I close my eyes so I can’t really sleep."
The mum had been travelling down Watling Street to pick up some decorations from Sainsbury's and an Argos order - just minutes from her house.
Melissa has since shared the drama of what happened on Facebook to warn other parents of the dangers.
Her post read: "Tonight my car set on fire with me and my two babies in it.
"I managed to get Braidan out of his car seat, but I couldn’t get Bradley out of his car seat.
"The car was engulfed in flames so I threw Braidan away from us because I wasn’t go to leave Bradley and I’ll die trying to save my baby and the car was going to explode any second.
"I managed to pull him out. Not caring at this point if I broke his arm because I pulled him so hard.
"I ran with the kids to the nearest house screaming for help. The car then exploded behind us as I was screaming.
"The family in the house took my kids in as I threw up on their lawn as I rang 999, I think I was still screaming."
'I MIGHT NEVER SLEEP AGAIN'
Melissa's husband Jamie, 29, rushed to the scene as soon as he heard what had happened.
She said: "Jamie came and thought we were still in the car because all he could hear was us screaming and the fire had set the horn off so he punched in the front window and cut his hand open.
"I’ve had some oxygen due to smoke inhalation, but other than that we are all ok. I haven’t stopped shaking.
"I can’t get that image out of my head the moment I was driving and I turned my head and saw the passenger side on fire, and the moment I threw Braidan away from the car because I thought me and Bradley were going to die.
"I don’t think I’m going to forget the moment I thought I was going to die with my babies. And I feel like I might never sleep again."
I don’t think I’m going to forget the moment I thought I was going to die with my babies.
She added: "I had the heating on full to de-mist the windscreen as I was driving, and smoke came through into the car vents and seconds later fire just appeared out of nowhere in the cabin on the front bottom passenger side (where their feet would be) where the heating is, all while I was still driving, it happened in seconds.
"I’ve had the car for five years with no problems. I picked it up from the MOT today to which it passed and it had a full/major service while at the garage (with both air filters and the oil filter replaced).
"It cannot happen to anyone else and I need answers to why me and my babies nearly lost our lives tonight."
A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said: "West Midlands Fire Service were called to reports of a fire on Watling Street, Walsall at 6.19pm on Friday 26 November.
"Firefighters from Aldridge Station attended and found a car on fire with the driver safely out of the vehicle after the assistance of a passer-by.
"Crews used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and provided oxygen therapy to the driver at the scene who was understandably shaken up by the incident."