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Quick Moving Storm Destroys One Springfield Home

Updated: Saturday, July 26 2014, 01:50 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- Gusty winds moved through the Springfield area just before 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. It was a quick moving storm that left one woman with a destroyed home.

Strong winds kept local utility crews busy throughout Friday afternoon. A light pole at 11th and Carpenter in Springfield began to tilt after heavy winds and rain.

Trees were also no match to the wind. Customers at a local movie theater came out to find tree limbs on top of their car.

The scene was much worse on Wilshire Road where an entire tree fell on top of a house.

"I heard a big boom outside, I ran outside and I thought it was my house. I didn't know what was going on. Then I saw across the street 2 trees fell on that poor ladies house and boom, smoke came out and all of a sudden fire," said neighbor Charles Hines.

"As you can see a large tree from the backyard blew over, landed on top of the house There is extensive damage to the house both, fire and structural damage," said Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin.

The tree also took down a nearby powerline which made things difficult for fire fighters.

"It's dangerous, but luckily it pulled away from the house far enough we marked it off with orange cones. CWLP is in the backyard taking care of it now," said Chief Fustin.

Wilshire Road is lined with decade old trees. Neighbors in the area say the afternoon storm caught them off guard.

"Wind came and then five minutes later it quit. I saw all the trees and bushes moving," said Charles Hines.

Hines says trees in his yard have been a concern in the past, which is why when he purchased his home he took the time to have dead limbs trimmed.

"I don't want anything to happen to my house and they were leaning. Just like out on the driveway they are out leaning too," said Hines.

The good news is no one was home when the house caught fire, but two pets are missing.

CWLP officials say there was far too many power lines down to count , but there were 5 major outages which affected between 350 and 500 customers.

As of 9:00 p.m. Friday, all but 3 customers power was restored.Quick Moving Storm Destroys One Springfield Home

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