Child rescued after van catches fire in front of daycare

A 3-year-old boy is recovering after being pulled from a burning van. A woman went inside to drop her kids off at daycare. When she looked outside, she saw her car was on fire.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A three-year old boy is safe after firefighters pulled him from a burning car Tuesday morning. 

Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire call just before 8 a.m. at the Growth Spurts Daycare on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast. 

A mother was dropping several kids off at daycare when her van caught fire. She thought all of her children were out of the car, until firefighters arrived. That's when they noticed the woman's three year old son was still in his car seat in the back. Captain Mike Basinger with Engine 27 was the first to hear the child inside. 

"I noticed a scream from a child and I immediately looked into the back of the minivan. The child was inside the car and I grabbed him and pulled him out," said Basinger, a 25-year veteran firefighter. 

The child's aunt says she is so grateful for the first responders who saved her nephew's life. 

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you so much for being brave, doing your job, being everything to us, thank you for saving my nephew," said Charntia Stewart. 

Medics took the child to the hospital as a precaution, but his aunt says he is expected to be okay. Firefighters believe this was an accidental engine fire.

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