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Neighbors rescue woman in home explosion

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Firefighters are calling neighbors heroes, who rescued a woman from her home moments after it exploded.

Investigators are confident a natural gas leak caused the blast in Southwest Cedar Rapids Monday night.

64-year-old Diane Barnes is being treated for severe burns.

It's a situation firefighters say could have been a lot worse if it weren't for her neighbors.

"It was like a big boom," eight-year-old Donnie Schutzman told us.

Schutzman and his friend Kasen Glaus were outside riding bikes at the time of the explosion.

"Yeah the roof like went up and down and we saw like flames coming out," says Glaus.

"I was standing on the driveway and I saw it go bang," he said.

"And then I ran inside and told my dad,"  Schutzman told us.

"The little ones here came in and said a house just blew up, it wasn't on fire, but it blew up," says John Munn.

Moments before authorities arrived, Munn stepped in.

"I seen the house was going to be engulfed within a few minutes and she needed to get out,"  he said.

Neighbors jumped into action to save the woman inside.

"Me and another guy, he got her out of the chair and towards where the wall was, and she sat down and didn't want to leave and I just got her like in a full nelson and drug her out of the house and over towards the street," Munn told us.

The woman was severely burned.

"She was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and anything that was exposed was burnt really bad," Munn says.

Police say if neighbors wouldn't have stepped in the woman may have never escaped the fire.

"Truly what they did, they gave another human being an opportunity to survive," said Greg Buelow, Cedar Rapids Public Safety Communications Coordinator.

A humble hero and little ones speaking up, saving their neighbors life.

"That'd be any mans reaction I'd think to see something like that to do that," says Munn.

"If it wouldn't have been for them coming in and saying something it may have been 5 or 10 minutes later," he added.

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