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Tree Crashes Onto Mass. Home: 'Split My House Right in Half'

"That’s exactly where I would have been sleeping this morning, so I feel like I escaped death, or God or somebody helped me," said a friend of the family's whose been sleeping on their couch

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    After Storm, Tree Slices Through Douglas Home

    A Halloween storm brought wild weather that knocked a tree into a home in Douglas, Massachusetts, slicing it down the middle. (Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2019)

    Strong winds snapped an enormous branch off a tree and sliced a Douglas, Massachusetts, family's home in two while their young children slept inside overnight.

    "It split my house right in half!" homeowner Troy Kibbe said Friday morning, outside his now-uninhabitable home.

    Amazingly, Kibbe's 4-year-old daughter Elaina and 3-year-old son Troy Jr. slept through the unexpected incident and woke up to branches, wood and insulation everywhere.

    "Boom!" said Troy, Jr. describing the fall.

    Overnight Storms Bring Rain, Heavy Winds

    [NECN] Overnight Storms Bring Rain, Heavy Winds

    Overnight Thursday:  Showers, windy and mild. Temperatures around 70, falling late.

    Friday:  Early AM downpours to windy sun. Temperatures fall from 70 early to 50s late.

    Cape Cod Radio Forecast:

    Overnight Thursday:  A shower or two. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph from the south before dawn. Temperatures around 70, falling late.

    Friday:  Early AM downpours to windy sun. Temperatures fall from 70 early to 50s late.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 1, 2019)

    Elaina added, "And a tree go fall, go boom!"

    Perhaps even more amazingly, the tree fell right were Kibbe's friend, Greg Lyness, has been sleeping, but by pure luck, Lyness was out that night. 

    "That’s exactly where I would have been sleeping this morning, so I feel like I escaped death, or God or somebody helped me," Lyness said.

    He's been sleeping on the living room couch on and off for the past two months, but happened to be at another friend’s house to watch football Thursday night.

    "It would have landed right on my head, all the two-by-fours, two-by-eights, sheetrock, everything would have been on top of me," Lyness said. "I don’t think I would have survived."

    Despite all the damage, Kibbe says he feels blessed.

    "The house is a house, that can be replaced, torn down, I don’t care," he said. "I can’t replace my best friend, I can’t replace my family, my family’s my everything."

    The family is living in a camper for now. NBC10 Boston is told that the Red Cross is helping the family out for now.

    The debris left quite a set of chores for the Kibbe family.

    As Elaina put it, "Well, it’s a mess in the house, it’s a lots of mess in the house."

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