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Tree Falls, Damages St. Albans Home

Reported: May. 14, 2014 11:45 AM EDT
Updated: May. 14, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) – Severe weather caused extensive damage to a home in St. Albans Tuesday night after a tree came crashing down on the residence.

"It's pretty devastating," homeowner William Smith said. "I'm homeless. I don't have a home now."

It’s a harsh reality that still setting in for Smith. He was in his living room of his Sargent Street home when at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday his world got turned upside down.

"I heard that loud clap of thunder and I thought, ‘Boy that was really close,’ and the next thing I heard was like boom, boom, boom," he said.

A massive tree in his backyard came crashing down onto his house. The ceiling over his kitchen and living room collapsed and cabinets fell off the wall. Smith was able to get himself and his dog out of the house safely.

"I didn't know what happened,” he said. “I didn't think of a tree falling. It was a total shock."

Smith was able to get back inside his home briefly Wednesday morning to retrieve a couple of personal belongings and said the damage inside is heartbreaking. He said of all the things inside his home, there is one thing most important to him that he hopes isn’t damaged: pictures of his mother who passed away on Mother’s Day 17 years ago.

"That's the only sentimental things I'm concerned about because I can't replace them,” he said.

In the meantime, Smith is figuring out what he is going to do and where he is going to go. He is staying with neighbors at the time being.

Smith said he was going to get in contact with his insurance company on Wednesday to see if it will be able to help pay for any of the damages.



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