Tree falls on Campbell County home, no injuries

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A tree smashed through a home early Sunday morning following a storm in Campbell County.

The home is located on North Avenue in Lafollette. Dispatch said they did have a report of storm damage in that area.

The owner of the home, Carolyn Rutherford, said she could hear and feel the tree coming through her home.

“All of a sudden the house started shaking and I hear a loud roar,” said Rutherford.

Rutherford says a big limb came crashing through the ceiling demolishing her grandson’s bedroom.

“All that saved him was a two by four, stood straight up and down. Held the roof off of him,” she said.

Rutherford says the damage inside the home was extensive.

“I have two huge holes in there. Everything in my bedroom, I had antiques in there, and everything in there is demolished. My clothes, everything,” she said.

The ordeal had Rutherford shaken up but through it all she remained positive.

“Everything happens for a reason. What this reason is, I don’t know,” said Rutherford.

She says she’s thankful her family and pets inside the home weren’t hurt.

“I hate so bad that the house is destroyed, but I thank God that we’re all safe. And that it didn’t kill none of us, or our animals or birds. That’s the important thing: that nothing or nobody lost a life,” she said.

Crews have spent the better part of the day cleaning up the mess. The tree also fell on two cars. 

Rutherford says she is still trying to figure out what comes next.

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