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'Heroine' neighbor talks about explosion in Semmes

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According to Mobile city records, Fred Hildesheim Jr. owns the home where a homemade fireworks explosion happened Thursday in Semmes, injuring three people.

He is listed in serious condition at USA Medical Center. FOX10 News has no word on who the other two men are or their current conditions.

Saturday, we heard from a neighbor who was on the front lines of it all in the immediately aftermath of the explosion.
This neighbor, Kimberly McCormick, sprung into action, minutes after the calamity.

"It was just like a loud boom," McCormick said.

Neighbors in Semmes were at home when they heard it.

"It looked like a mushroom of smoke that you would see in a war movie when an explosive would go off," she said.

Investigators tell FOX10 News the explosion happened at a home where three men were making fireworks. They were all injured.

"I saw a gentlemen putting himself out with a water hose," recalled McCormick.

She said, "I ran down and checked on him, wrapped his hands, looked over and saw a gent with his leg just blown wide open. So I went to assist with him and held it until the paramedics got there."

McCormick said she really didn't realize what she was doing until after she was done.

 "I didn't think twice," she said. "I had no gloves on, didn't know these people. I didn't know if I was needed, didn't care if I was needed. I just jumped in and did what I felt I had to do."

She triaged two of the men on the scene. One of them was was on fire, and the other had a leg that was dangling by a piece of skin, she said.

It was "something that I've never seen and an image that will probably never go away," explained McCormick.

Now a neighborhood hero, McCormick is preaching safety. When asked why she put herself in to harm's way to help, she said, "That's what neighbors do."

McCormick said there was some good from the incident: It brought people from their neighborhood together.

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