Ruscombmanor woman escapes after tree falls on home

'Thank God nobody was hurt'

RUSCOMBMANOR TWP., Pa. - Strong winds whipped through Gould Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, ripping a giant tree from the ground and sending it onto a house and a truck.

"The wind just blew over a huge tree," said neighbor Sharon Deputy. "It's pretty devastating, because that house suffered a lot of damage."

Around 7 p.m., neighbors said they heard what sounded like a transformer blowing, limbs cracking and the wind continuing to whip.

"My neighbor next door heard the tree because she actually called the owner of the rental property," Deputy said.

One neighbor told 69 News that a woman was standing in the doorway of the house when the tree collapsed. The neighbor rushed around back and helped her escape.

"When they're that weak and there are other weak things around it, you have to watch what you're doing," said Barry Bartsch, assistant chief for the Alsace Township Fire Company.

Multiple fire companies responded to the incident.

"I haven't seen anything like that for years," Bartsch admitted.

One official said it's usually a weather-related combo that causes trees like this to collapse.

"When you have this kind of moisture in the ground and you get a high wind like this, depending on how it hits the trees," Bartsch said.

The tree also brought down wires, creating hazards for first responders.

"We have a thing that will check the power and the wires and make sure that everything is shut down and it's not actually live," said Bartsch.

There's lots of damage, but neighbors said it could have been worse.

"Thank God nobody was hurt," said Deputy.

The woman who was living in the home is currently staying with a friend. She was not injured.

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