Journalist Jessica Rowe and her eldest daughter Allegra, 14, were on the school run on Thursday afternoon when a bus driver spotted smoke coming from the bonnet of their car.
They were just outside Allegra's school at around 3.45pm when the car started slowing down.
"It was really slowing down and the smoke started pouring out. I was in a bit of shock thinking what is actually happening, and Mev the bus driver was coming down the other direction and he stopped his school bus, got out, said 'get out of the car it's on fire' and got us out," Rowe told Sunrise.
Watch: Jessica Rowe speaks to Nat and Kochie about her and Allegra's escape. Post continues after video.
Within minutes the family's Volvo XC 60 was engulfed in flames.
Images of the wreckage show extensive damage, with the entire front of the vehicle burnt out.
Apart from being a friend - had dinner just last night - extra, extra happy & relieved one of the most beautiful souls on the planet - @JessRowe & girls are unscathed & fine after their car caught on fire on the school run. ❤️🙏🏻 https://t.co/JBYsR3NxcQ @newscomauHQ @MattYoung pic.twitter.com/04pwIMTXAH— Melissa Hoyer (@melissahoyer) March 25, 2021