Man rushes into burning home, tries to save brother

Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 10:11 AM CDT
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One man was found dead following a house fire in the Village of Lyndon Station early Monday morning.

The Juneau County Medical Examiner's office confirmed one person was killed on Monday. Family members tell NBC15 25-year-old Cody Madden was found dead after a fire started just after midnight in a home on the corner of W. Limits Road and Highway 12.

The victim's older brother Nick and cousin Nate rushed into the flames to save Cody.

"There was no fear. I was doing everything and anything cause I wanted my baby brother," said Nick.

"Once we got over by the bedroom, I couldn’t breathe, so I had to run back out. So I knew we had to run over to the window and break the window. Nate ran back in and he got him over to the window and we couldn’t lift him, the smoke and the flames were coming up too bad,"

said Nick.

Nate and Nick struggled to get Cody's lifeless body out of the window.

"When we couldn’t’ lift him up, that’s when I ran over to the garage turn the hose on tried to get some water in there to see if I could get him out," said Nick.

Now, Nick and his family are left to cope with Cody's loss.

"He loved his niece and she loved him that was the hardest thing breaking it to her last night," Nick said fighting back tears. "I just want my brother, that’s all I want,"

One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion but is now at home doing well. Firefighters say the cause of the fire is electrical in nature from a kitchen appliance.

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