The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in the Village of Deerfield on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Dane County Sheriff's Lt. Krista Ewers-Hayes said at approximately 3:52 p.m., a citizen called the Dane County Communications Center and reported a possible tornado touchdown near the business park in the Village of Deerfield.
Deputies responded to the area and were assisted by fire personnel from the Deerfield Fire Department, Cambridge Fire Department, Marshall Fire Department and Cambridge Fire Department, along with Deer Grove and Cambridge EMS units.
Ewers-Hayes said employees at the International Machine Exchange, located in the 200 block of North Main Street in the Village of Deerfield, reported the business's roof had been torn off and the building sustained extensive damage. At the time, three employees were inside the building and all were able to escape unharmed.
After deputies and fire personnel responded to the area, they noticed the odor of natural gas from inside the building.
Ewers-Hayes said evacuations began with nearby businesses and a daycare in the area. With the assistance of Alliant Energy personnel, first responders were able to shut off the gas line to the International Machine Exchange main building.
For more than an hour, sheriff's deputies closed the roadway between North Industrial Drive and South Industrial Drive in Deerfield, which has been reopened to traffic. Firefighters from the Lake Mills Fire Department responded to handle calls for service, while the Deerfield Fire Department assisted with the gas leak and evacuations.
Initial damage estimates are still being calculated, Ewers-Hayes said.