Tree crushes part of Chesterfield home - WNEM TV 5

Tree crushes part of Chesterfield home

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Straight-line winds toppled a tree onto a Bon Air home Friday, as severe storms moved across the East Coast and caused a tornado watch in the Richmond area.

The tree smashed into the house on North Pinetta Drive, with one woman inside when the storm intensified around 11:45 a.m.

"My wife was in there," said Jake Dillon in an interview Friday. "But she was in a part of the house that didn't get hit. I think firefighters had to help her out."

A total of six people are displaced from the home, and power has been cut to the structure. No one suffered serious injuries, and crews began to remove tree limbs by late Friday.

"I'm just glad everyone is ok,' Dillon said. "This is worse than I imagined."

The tree is larger than the actual home. In a cruel irony, the tree missed falling on a backyard treehouse, and instead, fell on Dillon's home.

Most of the damage is to the roof, with an extension to the back of the house completely crushed.

"I built that extension," Dillon said. "I've been here for 15 years. I just hope my insurance covers this. That's what's going through my mind right now."

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