A San Diego police officer was in the right place at the right time to save a man from a burning car in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego overnight Tuesday.
SDPD officer Carlos Diaz was en route to another call at about 2 a.m. when he spotted a small fire underneath a car parked near on K Street near 16th Street. Inside was a man who appeared to be asleep, according to Diaz.
As Diaz approached the vehicle, the fire began to spread.
"The flames started to get bigger and the front and the back started to engulf," Diaz said.
He pulled the man out of the car, who appeared to be unaware of what had happened, according to Diaz.
Firefighters arrived and doused the car until flames subsided.
The man was suspected of being drunk, police said. He was seen being placed in the back of an SDPD patrol car but it was unclear if he would face any charges.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
No other information was available.
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