Families Survive Close Call with Falling Tree

By Julie Montanaro
May 13, 2014

Tallahassee -

A huge oak tree came crashing through the roofs of not one, but two, mobile homes overnight.

The tree narrowly missed a mother and her one year old son in one home and narrowly missed a couple and their two children next door.

This was the scene this morning at Maryland Oaks Crossing off Bicycle Road.

The tree was totally uprooted.

It fell through the roof of one home, damaged the roof of the other and crushed a car in the driveway.

Both families are thankful to be alive, but are clearly shaken up by the close call.

"I heard what I thought was an earthquake and when I came outside the tree was in my living room... and it scared me to death," Brandi Copeland said.

"It was Inches away from the living room and that's where my kids were at... inches away," said Farrah Kellom who lives next door. "When I realized that, I just bust out into tears because they could be under the tree, you know, her family could be under the tree."

The mobile homes are owned by Good News Outreach which provides housing for low income families with children.

Its housing director Jeff Hornsby says the trees are inspected every year and he has no idea what caused this one to fall.

He says one family is staying with relatives and they have put the other family up in a motel until they can move them into another mobile home.

Hornsby says he does not know if their belongings are covered by insurance, but says they will try to get donations to help replace what's been lost.


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