HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) - Family friends report a 5-year-old boy is off a breathing tube and talking to nurses at a Cincinnati hospital after suffering severe burns Monday in an explosion in Hazel Green.
Justin Moore suffered burns to more than 60 percent of his body. The incident happened near Tennessee Valley Auto Salvage on Highway 231/431.
Crews on the scene say the explosion happened in the back yard of a mobile home just behind the salvage lot. A small gas can behind the business exploded, injuring the boy, according to crews.
Moore was flown to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Tuesday, Justin was transferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati for further treatment. The child suffered second and third degree burns. Justin had been listed in critical condition.
Investigators say two of the burn victim's siblings were scared by the explosion and ran out towards Highway 231/431, causing a wreck just in front of the business. The drivers involved in the wreck called 911 to alert emergency responders about the burn victim.
The children were being watched by an adult neighbor, who was not in the backyard when the fire started.
The Madison County Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation.
Justin Moore attends Kindergarten at Hazel Green Elementary.