Falling tree destroys South Bend home in storm

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South Bend, Ind. A South Bend family is lucky to be alive tonight after a tree crashed into their home near the corner of 23rd Street and Vine Street.

The family of three was trying to watch the Bears game inside when they heard the tree cracking. They tried to get out, but the tree was uprooted by the winds and crashed through the front of the home before they could escape.

"The the wind got stronger so we decided we were going to jump up and get out of the living room and into the dining room away from the windows," said the homeowner, Wayne Conrad. "We took two steps and the tree fell on us. It knocked me and my wife down on to the floor and between us was our little dog."

The son escaped through the back door while the father and mother had to be helped out of a side window to escape the wreckage.

NewsCenter16 spoke to Wayne Conrad, the homeowner, who said his wife was taken to an area hospital with a possible head injury but it is not serious. The husband and son did not sustain serious injuries.

South Bend Fire Battalion Chief David Maenhout told NewsCenter16 that the house next door was also evacuated for fear that the tree could continue to fall.

"The house is a loss," said Maenhout, who told the family that it is unsafe to try to retrieve any items. "The second story is caved in and the whole house is shifted off its foundations."


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