By Cleve Bryan
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (CBS)— Willingboro Public Safety says they had about five dozen calls reporting broken pieces of trees, and one tree in particular caused a fire.
Lauren Lindsey woke up Wednesday to see a live wire thrashing around in her backyard; it appears to have been knocked down by falling branches covered in ice.
“Everything was ablaze, all you could see. You would have thought bombs were being dropped, it was exploding it was just like boom, boom, boom! And the wire was jumping, it was just hitting things”
Inside her home a power surge blew up electric sockets and burst a pipe under her sink but that was nothing compared to what happened next door.
The same power line energized a fence and set fire to a home on Budhollow Lane. The owner was at work when it happened and neighbor Kevin Adams had to break the news.
Adams says he and his wife witnessed flames spread all over and were scared for their lives.
“It was a chaotic situation for my wife and I. She began to scream and holler because we actually saw with our own eyes. We actually saw fire shoot from down here along and I said we got to get out of here because we didn’t want our home to catch fire at the same time.”
But that’s not all, other sections of Willingboro were littered with snapped tree limbs causing tons of power outages and traffic detours.