Fire rescue caught on camera

YORK, Pa. (NBC News) –  A single car crash knocked the driver unconscious and caused the vehicle to catch on fire, that’s when a York, Pennsylvania fire chief did, what he says, he is trained to do.

Chief Nate Tracey of the York Township Fire Department rescued the driver in what turned out to be very dramatic video which was recorded by the dashcam of the fire truck.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The driver was unconscious with his car ablaze when Tracey got to the scene.

The video shows Tracey getting out of the fire truck and running toward the burning car. You then see him get the driver out of the car and drag him to safety.

Other fire crews arrived moments later and put out the fire.

The driver was treated at a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The York Township Fire Department posted the video on their Facebook page and thousands of people congratulated the chief for his efforts.

However, the fire chief did say had the driver been wearing his seat belt, he might not have needed to be rescued. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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