Two dogs were burned to death as flames engulfed a car in Arcadia Car Park, Skegness on Saturday afternoon.
A quick-thinking passer-by managed to save a third dog, a border collie, when he threw a lump hammer through a window of the blazing Volkswagen Passatt estate before being beaten back by the flames.
But passers-by watched in horror as two Burmese mountain dogs perished in the flames.
Local man Mr Dennis Maltby, from DRM Motors, and Mr John Rawlinson, from the Crystal Grill in Drummond Road, also tried to open the car door in a bid to rescue the dogs but the heat was too intense,
The collie was taken to the nearby Fenwold vets surgery and was given emergency first aid by Mr Peter Brotherton who said on Wednesday the dog was in no danger and had only suffered minor burns.
Two appliances from the town’s fire station were called to the Drummond Road car park at 2.30pm after what is believed to have been an electrical fault sparked the fire. They tackled the blaze with two hose reels but were unable to save the dogs.
Four other cars parked nearby were damaged when flames lapped paintwork, rubber window seals, tyres and headlights.
The mystery rescuer has been hailed a hero by the town’s Deputy Mayor, Coun John Shaw, who wants to nominate him for an RSPCA bravery award, if he can discover his identity.
Another eye-witness, Mr David Young, told the Standard, “He was a very brave man. He deserves a medal for what he did.”
A police spokesman said the dogs belonged to Mr Colin Bell of Skellingthorpe near Lincoln.
Source: Skegness Standard 16th October 1992