We had one of the scariest experiences in my life happen two weekends ago. I still can't believe it happened and how lucky we are. There were so many little miracles that made it not as bad as it could of been. Tyson was in a wilderness medicine class and so for the weekend they go to Moab and do some of their skill classes and such. When we heard families could go I became the ring leader and got several of the wives on board. We planned meals together and such. There ended up being five families that were hard core and did the trip. Anyway, kind of last minute due to the fact that it was probably going to rain we got my grandparents tent trailer and borrowed Tyson's parents Suzuki to take with us. (about a 4 1/2 hour drive).
We were about forty five minutes to Moab (middle of nowhere)when we got a pretty bad flat tire. I've never seen one so bad. So, we pull over and I get out out to help Tyson get the spare off the back. Then, we see smoke coming out the engine and Tyson tells me to get the kids out. This guys comes out of nowhere with his wife (the kids and I went into their car) and him and Tyson threw ours and his huge jug of water for camping on the car. Flames were underneath and smoke was everywhere. There was even a wire bar on the side of the road they used to get the hood open and threw water straight on the engine. It all happened really fast.
Luckily, we were ahead of several of our friends so after AAA got there and towed the car and trailer with Tyson back to Green River. Kennedy and I went to Moab with three guys in Tyson's class (they were so nice to take us, I had never met two of them). Cameron was fine because he got to go with the Schmidts. (apparently, he talked their hear off the whole way telling them what happened).
Over all it's not an experience I would wish on anyone, but we were so lucky to be okay. The high way patrolman said that tire saved our life. We don't think it was related to the engine at all. So the fact that we were stopped and the car was off was a miracle in it self. If we were driving we could of rolled. Then, the mechanic said he has never seen a car like this not burn to the ground, so we were fortunate that way as well. We didn't loose anything inside the car, just the car it self. Unfortunately it stayed in Green River. Thank goodness to all the people that helped us and Heavenly Father watching out for us.