Tree falls on Decatur home

Tree falls on Decatur home

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DECATUR, Ga. -

A Decatur family is lucky to be alive after a tree crashed down on top of their bedroom on Wednesday.

Neighbor Josephine Burley was awake early in the morning when the huge oak tree in her yard came crashing down.

"I heard the wind blowing real hard and I looked out the window, and I saw a bright light flash. But I had no idea a tree fell. I thought it was my garbage can blowed over," said Burley. "My son came to let the dog out, to take a break, and he told me, he said, ‘Mama, the tree in the yard done fell on the neighbor's house next door.'"

The tree split in half, with part of it landing on the neighbor's house and the other half barely standing.

Decatur police and fire blocked off the 700 block of South McDonough Street so no one would get hurt if the rest of the tree fell. Fortunately, it didn't. Tree removal crews arrived in time to begin removing it.

"It's just one of those conditions. You have rain from previous days, and it dries out the roots and sometimes these trees are old. These trees are real old up and down South McDonough Street. Just that time to come down," said Captain James Meyers of the Decatur Fire Department.

The two people inside the home were not injured.

Georgia Power crews say 12 customers remain without power. They expect to have electricity restored soon.

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