Storm causes large tree to slam into Carmel father’s home, narrowly missing his young daughter

A tree fell into this home during storms Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (WISH Photo)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — It was a close call for a Carmel father as the storm caused a large tree to smash into his home Tuesday night. The tree narrowly missed the bedroom where his young daughter slept.

It happened on Audubon Drive near Carmel High School around 10:30 p.m.

“This loud, freight train…plane flying over, loud coming overhead. I levitated off of my bed to run down the hallway because I didn’t know where it hit the house,” said Grant Kirsh.

Strong winds caused the trunk to snap near the roots. It fell right on top of Kirsh’s roof, over the dining room.

“As I rounded the corner in the kitchen, just in time to look into the dining room to see the whole roof cave in,” he said.

Kirsh’s family is lucky the tree fell where it did. His 6-year-old daughter’s bedroom isn’t far from where it landed.

“The tree that fell hit that, and it kept from being further over on the house onto Anna’s room,” he explained.

Anna and the rest of the family are okay, but the house was damaged.

“The whole house shook. The whole ceiling fell down. All the insulation came down. Water started pouring in immediately,” said Kirsh.

Crews removed the tree first thing Wednesday morning. Construction crews were out that afternoon to repair the roof. But the work doesn’t end there. Kirsh will have about a dozen other unhealthy trees removed from his property as well.

“When it comes to the safety of your family, you got to look at some of these trees and you can tell that they’re struggling as is. Keeping them up wouldn’t be responsible at this point,” he said.

Steven Dryden, who lives across the street, had his unhealthy trees removed a couple years ago.

“We had some very large and diseased trees assessed by an arborist and he said ‘You can pay me now or you can pay me later.’ We chose now,” laughed Dryden.

It’s a lesson Kirsh learned just in time, “Lucky is an understatement.”

Kirsh and his family will be staying with other family members until they’re house is repaired.


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