Friday, March 31, 2006
Kansas family beats back fire
It was a twister with a twist.

We came to Kansas to cover tornadoes. And at least one tornado touched down in the state.

But in Hutchinson, a town of 40,000 about 50 miles northwest of Wichita, a twister touched off as many as 18 fires. Authorities aren't completely sure if the fires were caused by downed power lines or lightning strikes, but at least 5 homes were heavily damaged.

An estimated 5,000 acres in Reno County, Kansas, were scorched, and hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes.

We spent the late-night and early-morning hours with lifelong Hutchinson residents Marty and Linda Morgan. They used hoses to try to protect their home from flames.

Marty and Linda's storage shed right next to their house was burned to the ground and the flames continued to burn after the sun came up. But they succeeded in keeping the flames away from their house.

The fires in Reno County were frightening, but one cannot overlook the good news that nobody was hurt.
Posted By Gary Tuchman, CNN Correspondent: 10:53 AM ET
That's good that no one was hurt. After our freak hail storm in February (which caused about $5,000 in damage to my car) I'm not really looking forward to the rest of this stormy season. Hopefully I won't have to log much time in the basement this year. My thoughts go out to the people affected by this storm and the ones to come.
Posted By Anonymous Stacy, St. Louis, MO : 12:07 PM ET
I've lived in Kansas the greater portion of my life. The mid-west breeds a certain kind of home town superhero. The Morgan family would have just as likely been at some other family's house helping them save it. God bless America.
Posted By Anonymous Bill - Olathe, KS : 12:29 PM ET
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