Only hours after the Atiamuri crash that killed seven people, a couple come across a crash in the dark of night. Battling with emergency services' advice to leave the victims but watching as smoke rises from the car, one man made a decision that saved lives with only seconds to spare.

A Rotorua man saved three people from a burning car just seconds before it went up in flames with a "boom".

Acting on instinct, Fa'atoaga "Fatu" Tuifaasisina Pelurale Aupeipeigamalie jumped out of his car and rushed to help without pausing to think of the risks involved.

And his rapid