Strong winds cause fire in Wilton man's yard

WILTON - A Wilton homeowner felt the force winds packed as they blew across southwestern Connecticut this weekend.

Tom Ricketts says winds knocked over a maple tree on his property, and caused the tree to fall on power lines, starting a small fire in his yard.

When Ricketts called the fire department to put the fire out, responders told him the power company, Connecticut Light and Power, would have to turn off the power before firefighters could put out the fire.

He watched the fire burn in his yard - for 12 hours - until a power company truck rolled in to his driveway.

"It's not been the best way to celebrate Mother's Day," Ricketts says.

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