Firefighters have been applauded for their efforts to get a man out of a burning car in Christchurch late last night.
The Fire Service was called out to reports of a car crash on Hussey Road, in Harewood, just after 11pm.
When firefighters arrived, the car was well ablaze and a man was trapped inside.
Southern fire communications shift manager, Brent Dunn, said the crew managed to save the man -- all the while the car was on fire.
Mr Dunn praised their "brave" efforts.
"The car was well ablaze and it was a fantastic effort from the fire crews."
The man suffered serious injuries and is recovering in Christchurch Hospital.