Mum thought she and young sons were going to die after Vauxhall car caught fire

ITV News Central Correspondent Andy Bevan reports on the vehicle fire


A mother-of-two has described the moment she thought her and her young sons were going to die after their vehicle caught fire.

Mellisa Grant keeps having flashbacks after the passenger footwell of her 2009 Vauxhall Corsa went up in flames. Her two children were in the back seats at the time.

It happened as Mrs Grant was driving along Watling Street in Brownhills on Friday 26 November.

The 27-year-old had to throw her three-year-old son, Braidan, away from the car as she struggled to get Bradley, who is one-years-old, out of his car seat.

Luckily the family made it out of the car just before it exploded.

The aftermath of the fire Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Mrs Grant said: "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'."She adds: "I keep having flashbacks when I close my eyes so I can’t really sleep."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."

Mellisa Grant and her family Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Mrs Grant said: "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."

She has owned the Vauxhall Corsa for five years with no problems and it has recently had a service and MOT.

A spokesperson for Vauxhall told ITV News Central: "We take all safety matters extremely seriously.

"We have contacted Mrs Grant to seek to properly understand and investigate this reported incident."