HAZEL GREEN, Ala. -- An early morning fire left one mobile home in Hazel Green burned to the ground. A heroic neighbor helped the woman trapped inside get out, though she did suffer critical injuries.
Corey Haygood said a loud bang first alerted him around 1:00 Tuesday morning. When he stepped out to take a look, he saw his neighbors mobile home in flames.
"I ran in the house and got some water, and tried to throw it on the side but it didn't go out. It just made it worse. He was like 'help me get my wife, help me get my wife,'" he explained.
The couple who lived there are family members of Haygood's. The woman inside had been asleep. Haygood broke through a window to get her out.
"I grabbed her, picked her up, and pulled her out the window. He finally came and helped me pull her out and we laid her right there, and I was saying come on wake up you're going to be okay," he said.
He said the fire was so hot and powerful, it felt like his own face was burning off.
"By the time we took her right there the whole trailer was burned to the ground," said Haygood.
A time span, he said, of only about 3 minutes. He said he didn't think twice about risking his life to save hers.
"She's like a mother to me, and her kid's like a brother to me. I'd do anything for her," he explained.
The woman is in critical condition. Paramedics flew her to Birmingham for severe burn treatment. Doctors are treating her husband at Huntsville Hospital.
Authorities said as of right now they believe the fire started because of a kerosene heater, but it is still under investigation.