Huntsville women survive tree falling onto their home

One of the women described the minutes before the tree crashed through her home Sunday night.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 6:05 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 6:25 PM

WAAY 31 talked to a woman who survived a scary scene.

A massive tree fell on her home during Sunday night's strong winds.

The homeowner told us her grandfather planted a seedling almost 100 years ago.

"The tree is an heirloom to our home. We never wanted to cut that tree but it's sort of gone now," she said.

The woman who lived inside the home didn't want to be identified.

She told us three generations of her family lived in the house on McKinley Avenue in the Five Points district.

She described the minutes before the tree crashed through her home Sunday night.

"We heard some limbs hit the roof and all of sudden it started crashing down. All of a sudden we felt the whole thing collapse," she described.

Within minutes, she heard someone at the door trying to make sure they were okay.

"Well I asked him who he was. He told me he was my neighbor. He said he was there to help me. We could not get the door open, but we finally did. We got my sister out and me safe," she said.

She told us she was thankful she was in the front room of the home with her sister.

"If I was in my bed I would be dead. I wouldn't be here today. The limb went straight through my bed," she said.

Both the woman and her sister went to the hospital after the tree fell. They’re both okay.

The family is not currently able to stay at the home because of the damage. They told us they're still waiting to learn if the home is salvageable.

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