WCTV Story Prompts Company To Remove Tree From Home [GALLERY]

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By: Lanetra Bennett
August 13, 2013

Havana, FL - A local tree service comes to the aid of an elderly woman whose home was damaged by a huge tree branch.

The owner of Cox Tree Service in Tallahassee, Joshua D. Shields, says he wanted to help after seeing the damage on WCTV last Friday.

A large limb, the size of a full tree, fell on the home on Highway 27 last Thursday night.

Shield and his workers used chain saws to cut the branch up so that it can be taken away.

Shields did it for free because the 73-year-old homeowner, Johnnie Mae McCray, did not have insurance. He says he had compassion for the family and its situation.

McCray says, "I feel really grateful for them to ask me that because I didn't know how it was going to get from on top of the house. You know how that makes you feel when somebody don't know you and you don't know them and they want to help you. It touches your heart."

McCray, her son, grandson, and three-year-old great-grandson were inside when the tree fell. No one was hurt.

The family is now left with the task of getting rid of the tree parts and figuring out how to get the home repaired.

McCray's nephew says they are waiting to hear back from the Home Depot on the possibility of assisting in some way with repairing the home.


By: Lanetra Bennett
August 9, 2013

Havana, FL - A tree crashes and caves in part of a house.

"It's consumed four rooms" says Gadsden County resident Eugene Richardson.

Richardson says he was sitting on his front porch around 7:30 Thursday night "When I looked up, the whole tree was falling."

Richardson says he immediately ran two houses over to his aunt's house off of Highway 27 in Havana.

He says, "My heart just fell to the floor because i just knew it had hit the house directly. I just thought it demolished it. I thought it had fell across the house and just pushed the whole house down to the ground. it just was an amazing sight just to see the tree falling like that--and scary, real scary."

Richardson's 73-year-old aunt, her son, grandson, and three-year-old great- grandson were inside the home at the time.

He says he was relieved when he saw them all walk out of the damaged house one by one.

"I'm just thankful that they didn't get hurt. This can be replaced eventually; hopefully it can be." Richardson, says.

Technically it wasn't a tree that fell onto the house. It's a huge branch that broke off of a tree. A tree expert says the limb is about six feet in diameter, and says the tree the limb came from is about ten feet wide.

Richardson says, "Now this is the biggest part trying to get this thing cleaned up."

Getting it cleaned up is a challenge in more ways than one. The family doesn't have insurance, so they cannot afford to get a tree service to clear the tree off of the house.

Eyewitness News has received an inquiry on how to help Johnnie Mae McCray and her family. If you'd like to help, call (850) 539-3569 or (850) 539-3527.


By: Lanetra Bennett
August 9, 2013

Havana, FL - A massive tree crashed through a Havana home last night while several people were inside.

A 73-year-old woman, two other adults, and a child were inside the house when the tree fell.

Luckily, all occupants of the home were able to get out with only a few scrapes, however, the tree damaged 4 different rooms of the house.

A person that saw the tree as it fell, says it happened around 7:30 last night.

The tree is still on the house because the woman does not have insurance to call a service to get it off.


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