Tree falls on Madison home

Strong winds cause problems
Tree falls on Madison home

High winds and colder temperatures hit the Madison area Wednesday, causing a number of problems.

Strong wind gusts, sometimes upwards of 40 mph, knocked down a tree, which landed on a Madison home.

Two brothers were inside the home at 3102 Sandwood Way when the tree came crashing down late Wednesday afternoon.

“The whole room is destroyed,” said Alex Hayhurst, who was inside his house when the tree came crashing down. “We’re probably going to have to replace everything that was in there.”

Alex said the tree, which was dead and decaying, came crashing down onto the roof of his house. It fell on the roof of his parent’s bedroom, where his younger brother, Aaron, was on the bed watching TV.

“It was really windy out. I heard a big bang, so I opened the door and I said, ‘Aaron, are you in here?'” recalled Alex.

Alex said debris was strewn all around his brother.

“He was like, ‘I’m here,’ kind of crying. But then he was like, ‘I have to get out of here,’ and jumped up and ran out. So he didn’t get hurt, but all the attic stuff fell in,” Alex said. “Everything fell around him. There’s like blocks of wood chopping through the floor.”

Aaron had a scratch on the back of his head and went to a hospital to get checked. Alex said his brother should buy a lottery ticket considering how lucky he is to have escaped serious injury.

Earlier on Wednesday in Jefferson County, the strong wind also worried firefighters who were battling a marsh fire in an area east of Johnson Creek.

The 200-acre fire sent firefighters to the intersection of Switzkee Road and Ranch Road, just north of Interstate 94, at about 1:30 p.m. to protect nearby homes.

Resident Lindsey Neevel was evacuated from her home with six other neighbors in her Johnson Creek neighborhood.

“I didn’t take anything with me. I just took the dogs,” Neevel said.

A fire burning in the bog behind her house had crews concerned.

“I thought we were going to be fighting this whole valley all the way up about another four miles up the road,” said Johnson Creek Fire Chief David Peterson.

Eight departments doused flames fueled by 40 mph wind gusts.

“Fortunately, our ATVs came in from behind and got the flame front out and we got the fire out,” Peterson said.

Peterson said a farmer was burning dead vegetation along his fence line when the wind picked up and the fire got out of hand.  

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