Tree crashes through Simsbury home into baby crib during severe thunderstorms


SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — In the wake of a line of severe thunderstorms Wednesday, a tree crashed through a house in Simsbury and right into a baby’s crib.

It was a very bizarre storm, the next-door neighbor still has their plastic lawn furniture in place, at Brittney Rankin’s house, a tree came crashing down, splitting the house in two, and dumping insulation and tree branches right onto a bed and baby crib.

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Thankfully, no one was in the room at the time, but there were three children under the age of five in the home when the storm hit.

Rankin lives in the home and told us she was inside with the kids when the tree fell through the roof. She was in the room just next door with her cat and her headphones on and said the crash shook the whole house.

“I mean, I am OK now, but at first my heart was racing for sure,” Rankin said. “You see the tree on the bed, you know, you get a better idea of it out here. So nobody was in the room and everyone is fine, my cat is OK, he was the most terrified of everybody.”

The tree that’s sticking out of the house, it’s very solid, there’s no rot in it at all. This means, maybe the tree roots got too saturated with water during the storm and it just came down right on top of the house. Either way, insulation and shattered windows on the ground, it’s going to be a long time before they get this house put back together.

It was a very unusual storm. Neighbors say it was a heavy intense downpour with strong gusts of wind and then it was gone. And the only damage in the neighborhood was to Rankin‘s house.

“I am in the process of moving, so I just moved like 90% of my stuff out of the house, this past week. Good timing,” she said.

A tree company has been out to look at the tree, and another construction company did drive by, but so far the tree remains where it fell.

No one was hurt. The family will stay with relatives for the time being.

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