DENVER – Within hours of Nicky Ledbetter’s 2000 Chevrolet Impala bursting into flames beside a gas pump at the BP station on N.C. 16 Business, customers raised enough money to buy her another car.

Ledbetter arrived at the gas station around 5:30 a.m. Dec. 12 to open the store. Soon after, customers knocked on the store window to alert her that her car had caught fire.

She immediately called 911, telling dispatch that her car was in flames beside a gas pump. The Firefighters arrived within two minutes of the call, she said.

“I was stuck watching it inside the store, hoping it didn’t explode,” she recalled. Firefighters put out the flames, but Ledbetter was worried about the next crisis. How was the Lincolnton resident going to get to work?

“I was really stressed,” Ledbetter recalled. “I’m a single mom and this is my only transportation. I had to figure out a way to get back to work to make ends meet until I get my taxes back.”

After hearing about Ledbetter’s bad day, a customer talked to his pastor at Denver Baptist Church. The pastor encouraged him to make it his mission to get her money for the car, Ledbetter said.

The customer raised enough to buy a 2004 GMC Envoy from Carolina Auto Sports in Concord. 

Customers notified Ledbetter by 11 a.m. about their good deed.

“I consider it a blessing in disguise,” Ledbetter said. “That’s how I look at it. God works in mysterious ways.”