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Published March 15, 2013, 05:39 PM

Local hero rescues a woman from her burning car

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- He says he doesn't consider himself a hero...

By: Katie Lange, WDAY, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- He says he doesn't consider himself a hero...

Jonathan Magnell/Good Samaritan: "Just a guy doing his job. Anyone else would have done the same thing."

But he certainly deserves the title of Good Samaritan. Jonathan Magnell's morning commute was anything but ordinary when he came across 4 cars parked on the side of I-29, one of them engulfed in flames.

Jonathan: "He had busted the window and her foot and arm fell out of the drivers side window, so we knew someone was in there, we couldn't tell because the windows were tinted so dark."

Trapped inside, 50-year old Marjorie Branden.

Jonathan: "Her foot was wrapped up in the seat belt so we couldn't get her away from the car."

A slice of a knife and Magnell was free from the grasps of her burning buick.

Jonathan: "Was going to start CPR and she wasn't moving right away. Then I think when the cold hit her is when she kind of came too."

By the time local firefighters arrived on scene the patient was already in an ambulance waiting to be transported here, to Essentia Health.

As to what caused the fire, well that's still unknown.

Battalion Chief Dane Carley/Fargo Fire Dept: "Once the fire was put out we tried to get the interstate opened back up so we didn't want to do a full investigation on scene. We cleared the scene as soon as possible because of that we're not sure what caused the fire."

Magnell said he overheard the victim say the lights on her dashboard began flickering before she smelled smoke. We're told Branden's injuries are non-life threatening.

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