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Residents get rude awakening

Tree falls through home while people sleeping inside

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

Crew members with M & T Tree Service check the stability of a wall on a home in the 600 block of Park Avenue after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police. The two people inside the home were sleeping in a room on the other side of the residence and were not hurt, officers stated.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Tree1.jpgCrew members with M & T Tree Service check the stability of a wall on a home in the 600 block of Park Avenue after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police. The two people inside the home were sleeping in a room on the other side of the residence and were not hurt, officers stated. Melanie Ruberti | Daily News
Crew members with M & T Tree Service pick up debris and material Friday morning from a home on Park Avenue. Company owner Terry McCann said his team removed the tree earlier that day and discovered it was rotted throughout the trunk.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Tree2.jpgCrew members with M & T Tree Service pick up debris and material Friday morning from a home on Park Avenue. Company owner Terry McCann said his team removed the tree earlier that day and discovered it was rotted throughout the trunk. Melanie Ruberti | Daily News
A home in the 600 block of Park Avenue sits damaged after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WebTree3.jpgA home in the 600 block of Park Avenue sits damaged after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police. Melanie Ruberti | Daily News
Crew members with M & T Tree Service check the stability of a wall on a home in the 600 block of Park Avenue after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police. The two people inside the home were sleeping in a room on the other side of the residence and were not hurt, officers stated.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_0320Tree1.jpgCrew members with M & T Tree Service check the stability of a wall on a home in the 600 block of Park Avenue after a large tree fell through the bedroom Thursday about 1 a.m., according to LaGrange police. The two people inside the home were sleeping in a room on the other side of the residence and were not hurt, officers stated. Melanie Ruberti | Daily News
Crew members with M & T Tree Service pick up debris and material Friday morning from a home on Park Avenue. Company owner Terry McCann said his team removed the tree earlier that day and discovered it was rotted throughout the trunk.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_0320Tree2.jpgCrew members with M & T Tree Service pick up debris and material Friday morning from a home on Park Avenue. Company owner Terry McCann said his team removed the tree earlier that day and discovered it was rotted throughout the trunk. Melanie Ruberti | Daily News

LaGRANGE — Two residents received a rude awakening about 1 a.m. Thursday when a large tree fell through the roof of their house in the 600 block of Park Avenue, demolishing a bedroom and damaging part of the garage.

LaGrange police said a car parked in a driveway also was damaged.

The man and woman were not hurt in the incident.

The woman told officers she woke up after hearing a loud noise and feeling the house shake, police said.

She told officers when she went to find the source of the sound she saw the tree lying on the house.

On Friday, Terry McCann and his crew with M & T Tree Service of LaGrange said they removed the tree from the residence.

According to McCann, the tree trunk was rotted.

He and the crew also used heavy machinery to tear down the remaining walls of the bedroom that were still standing and piled up debris destroyed by the tree.

McCann said the man who lives in the house told him he slept in that bedroom the night before the tree fell on it.

The LaGrange Fire Department shut off all the circuit breakers to the home, plus the water and gas meters, police said.

City officials will have to inspect the home and make sure it is up to code before residents can move back into the residence.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.