3 rescued after tree falls on Knoxville house

(Courtesy: KFD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Three people were removed from a crushed home after a tree had fallen on top of it Sunday evening according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

According to firefighters, the victims at the house suffered only minor injuries, however one of the victims was taken to an area hospital. Fire crews say the incident happened at 2415 Waverley Street, off Western Avenue. at approximately 7:34 p.m. Sunday evening.

The Hunley family said Monday they’re still shaken by what happened, mostly because they’d been worrying about that tree for some time. The oak tree crashed into a room in the front of the house first.

“It was very scary. I thought it hit the whole house,” said Max Hunley, 23.

He lives at the home with his parents and was in his back bedroom when he heard the crash. Max Hunley says he had a split second, just enough time, to run into the family room where his parents were sitting.

“It does seem like a nightmare,” he said.

The family went back to their home on Waverley Street Monday to pick through their belongings and the mess the tree made.

“After seeing that room, I really feel lucky,” said Max’s father Steve Hunley.

He says being there brings back a blur of memories from Sunday night.

“I thought it sounded like a freight train or a tornado came through the roof. That’s what I thought it was, tell you the truth it was awful,” said Steve Hunley.

The Hunleys have a number of questions, including what if it had fallen into a different room?

“That rain that came that day, just it made that ground right there where the roots are just uproot it. It was like a flood down the yard,” said Max Hunley.

The family knows they’ll have to level the home and start over.

“It doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t really seem real,” said Steve Hunley.

Volunteers with the Knox County Association of Baptist Disaster Relief were diverted to the Hunleys’ home. The family says they’re thankful the crew was there to help with the first step.

“God was watching over us,” added Steve Hunley.

The American Red Cross will provide temporary placement.

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