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Man on his way to work rushed to help house explosion victims

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- From the air, it looked like matchsticks scattered around an empty lot. It is hard to believe anyone survived the explosion that leveled a house hurling debris throughout a Mount Vernon neighborhood. 

 Mike Anthony is likely the reason the 2 blast survivors made it to the hospital alive.

Driving to work about a quarter mile away, he said he not only heard the blast around 8:00 Friday morning.

"Just a big loud thump. We thought either someone threw something at us or hit us," said Anthony. 

Anthony said he could also feel it.

"You could feel it inside you in your core, just a boom," he said.

So he followed the huge plumes of smoke.

"I look in the sky and I see the mushroom cloud and along with the mushroom cloud I see debris falling," said Anthony. 

Then followed his instinct.

"The officer came and he looked at me as if to say, 'you're in it now, let's get her,'" he said.

First he dug out and helped carry 36-year-old Vernice Hill to safety.

"She's like, 'I'm burning, get this stuff off me.' I'm seeing her skin there's parts of skin that's burnt just falling off her," said Anthony. 

Then he rescued the other victim, a man he said was clearly in shock.

"That guy must've gotten thrown through a wall because the wall was on him. We had to move the wall move all the lumber off him. It was crazy," he said.

He's still not sure what possessed him to join the rescue or why people now describe him as a hero.

"I don't consider myself a hero but I'm just glad everything's ok," said Anthony. 


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