By Michael R. Moser
A family of six — including a three-week old baby — escaped unhurt during Tuesday night's late winter storm when a large oak tree toppled by gusting winds crashed through the roof of the family home and into a children's bedroom.
The incident took place shortly before 11 p.m. at a residence on Hunter Lane — a short city street that connects both ends of Fawn Court — off Cook Rd. not far from Stone Elementary School.
Sleeping inside the house when the tree crashed through the roof were Scott and Marie Heaney and their four children. No one was hurt.
The large oak broke through the roof and supports and crashed through the ceiling in the room that held the baby's crib.
"For some reason, I took the baby to bed with me," Marie said. "I'm glad I did."
Crossville Fire Department responded to the emergency call with temperatures below freezing and snow and ice freezing on local roads. They found the residence to be unsafe due to the massive damage suffered to the roof, and isolated electricity to that part of the house.
The American Red Cross' Crossville unit responded to the scene to provide emergency shelter for the family. Tuesday, Graham Brothers Tree Service labored to remove the tree from the top of the house.
"That white oak stopped the larger oak tree from crashing all the way through the house," Sam Graham said at the scene. "It could have been a lot worse. The Lord works in mysterious ways."
Damage to the relatively new house is expected to run into the thousands of dollars.