Huge tree crushes two homes overnight - - Jackson, MS

Huge tree crushes two homes overnight

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Two Jackson families woke up to what one woman says sounded like an earthquake.

The loud boom was actually a fallen tree trapping several people in their homes.

A huge tree snapped near its base trapping 10-year-old Jacobi Friday and his five family members in their Queensroad Avenue home Tuesday morning. 

"We went out through the window and through the back door," says Friday.

The massive tree didn't cause damage to the inside of the house, but it did crush the families' vehicles.

Friday's home wasn't the only house struck by the tree. John McDuffie's house, right next door, was damaged too.

"I just grabbed my head you know and went to hollering for my old lady just to make sure everything was alright," says McDuffie.

McDuffie was approaching his front door when the tree crashed through the front of his house. He and his girlfriend had to dig their way out. He says he's been concerned about the tree falling in the past.

"I always told my landlord you need to get that tree trimmed," says McDuffie.

The fallen tree destroyed McDuffie's truck, but you can't even see the vehicle buried under all of the debris.

"My Dodge Ram is over there its buried over there it is tore up," says McDuffie.

Other than a bit shaken up, both families escaped without any injuries.

"We're just happy to be alive and it was a lot of excitement, a lot of sadness, a lot of emotions going through everybody's mind," said Friday.

Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders with the Jackson Fire Department says the weather likely caused the tree to fall.

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