'Inconsolable' Jess Rowe speaks after car burst into flames

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Journalist and former Studio 10 star Jessica Rowe has thanked a quick-thinking bus driver for alerting her to her burning car just before it burst into flames in Sydney.

Jessica and her daughter, Allegra, were said to be ‘inconsolable’ after their car caught fire on New South Head Road yesterday afternoon outside Kambala Girls School in Sydney's Rose Bay.

Jessica Rowe in her car
Jessica Rowe has spoken out after her car burst into flames in Sydney yesterday. Photo: Instagram/Jessica Rowe

“We’re safe & sound! Thank you for all of your kindness and love,” Jessica wrote in an Instagram post last night.

“Thank you to the thoughtful, fast thinking and kind school bus driver Mev who got us out of the car, called the fire brigade, cleared the road and then stayed to drive us home.

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“Thank you to the police & paramedics who are angels. And the tow truck driver! And the mums & dads who stopped to help. We love you.”

Jessica Rowe's car in flames in Sydney
A Twitter user caught footage of the moment. Photo: Twitter

Jessica’s husband, Channel Nine news anchor Peter Overton, told 2GB it’s all thanks to the bus driver that they’re safe and unharmed and managed to escape the car before it exploded.

"There was a bloke who got Jessica and Allegra out of the car, he told them he saw smoke and told them to get out," he said.

"Fire and Rescue and ambulance and police were there. They're all okay and they're home now. There was a real fear that the car could've exploded.

"I'll find out the bloke's details and get in touch to give him a very big thank you."

Jessica Rowe and her daughter Allegra
Jessica and her daughter Allegra were said to be inconsolable. Photo: Instagram/Jessica Rowe
Peter Overton and Jessica Rowe
Peter Overton told 2GB that his daughter rang him “in a state of despair”. Photo: Instagram/Jessica Rowe

Jessica’s manager, David Wilson, told news.com.au: “Jess was saying to me earlier that if the school bus driver hadn’t jumped out of his bus and run over to Jess’ car and told them to get out right now it could have been a much more serious outcome.

“The whole family is so very grateful to him for his quick action and courage. Approaching a car that was clearly in serious trouble meant he was also at risk of putting himself in harms way, and that’s amazing.”

Videos posted to Twitter show the car at about 3:45pm yesterday engulfed with flames on New South Head Road in Sydney’s East.

Peter Overton told 2GB that his daughter rang him “in a state of despair”.

“Everyone at work could see that I was absolutely traumatised when I saw my 14-year-old on FaceTime absolutely inconsolable,” he said.

“I saw in the background the car ablaze.”

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

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