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Texas boy, 11, saves family from fiery crash by beating flames with his hands

Texas boy, 11, saves his parents and three-year-old sister from a fiery wreck by beating out flames with his hands after being thrown from the SUV when his mom fell asleep at the wheel and crashed

  • Anthony Canales, 11, was thrown from his family’s SUV in the highway crash near Poteet, 30 miles south of San Antonio, back on January 31
  • The SUV rolled and crashed into a ditched after the boy’s mother Sabrina fell asleep at the wheel 
  • His father Alfonso and three-year-old sister Serenity were trapped inside 
  • Anthony, who miraculously only suffered minor injuries, managed to use his jacket and hands to get rid of flames after they broke out
  • His little sister suffered minor injuries in the crash
  • Anthony’s parents were badly injured with damage to their ribs and backs 

An 11-year-old Texas boy managed to rescue his parents and three-year-old sister from a fiery wreck after beating out the flames with his jacket and bare hands. 

Anthony Canales was thrown from his family’s SUV when the crash occurred on a highway near Poteet, 30 miles south of San Antonio, back on January 31.

The SUV rolled and crashed into a ditched after the boy’s mother Sabrina fell asleep at the wheel. 

Anthony miraculously only suffered minor injuries despite being thrown from the vehicle when it crashed. 

Anthony Canales, 11, managed to rescue his parents and three-year-old sister from a fiery wreck near Poteet, 30 miles south of San Antonio, back on January 31. He is pictured with his father Alfonso, who was badly injured, in the days after the crash

Anthony was thrown from his family's SUV when the crash occurred. The SUV rolled and crashed into a ditched after the boy's mother Sabrina fell asleep at the wheel

Anthony was thrown from his family’s SUV when the crash occurred. The SUV rolled and crashed into a ditched after the boy’s mother Sabrina fell asleep at the wheel

His father Alfonso and three-year-old sister Serenity were trapped inside the vehicle. His sister had become pinned underneath a speaker box after the car rolled. 

In an interview with local outlet FOX14 that aired Wednesday, Anthony described how he immediately ran towards the car after seeing the flames on the underside of the car. 

He used his jacket and hands to get rid of the flames.

‘I had to because if I didn’t do it something could’ve gone wrong,’ he said. 

‘The truck could’ve blown up and my sister and my dad were still in there.’

His little sister suffered minor injuries in the crash. 

Anthony, who miraculously only suffered minor injuries, managed to get his three-year-old sister Serenity out of the car. She was pinned underneath a speaker box after the car rolled

Anthony, who miraculously only suffered minor injuries, managed to get his three-year-old sister Serenity out of the car. She was pinned underneath a speaker box after the car rolled 

The SUV was completely destroyed in the crash. Photos from the scene show how multiple windows and the windshield were blown out when the car rolled

The SUV was completely destroyed in the crash. Photos from the scene show how multiple windows and the windshield were blown out when the car rolled

Anthony’s parents, however, were badly injured having suffered damage to their ribs and backs.

His father was also left with a gash on his head that required surgery.  

The SUV was completely destroyed in the crash.

Photos from the scene show how multiple windows and the windshield were blown out when the car rolled. 

Anthony’s father said the family had only just cashed their federal stimulus check but that it would now have to go towards a replacement car and medical bills. 

The family has created an online fundraiser to help cover the costs.       

Anthony and his little sister Serenity suffered minor injuries in the crash. Their parents, however, were badly injured having suffered damage to their ribs and backs

Anthony and his little sister Serenity suffered minor injuries in the crash. Their parents, however, were badly injured having suffered damage to their ribs and backs

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