Lucky escape after tree topples on family home near Truro
A family near Truro had a lucky escape when a tree toppled onto their home, narrowly missing their children’s bedrooms and crashing onto three cars.
The 100-year-old beech tree collapsed at Bissoe at about 2am as high winds lashed the county.
Bill Cadwell, 55, and his wife Julie, who live at the Old Post Office on Tregothnan Estate land, said their two children were woken by the tree’s branches striking their front bedroom windows.
Mr Cadwell said: “They were frightened and had a very lucky escape. A few more inches and the tree would have been inside their rooms. They could have been killed.”
He said his daughter, Jody, 27, an ambulance first responder, and his son, Karl, 23, rushed into their parent’s room telling them that the tree had come down.
“I got a torch and went outside to inspect the damage. The tree had hit the roof and then landed onto three cars parked in our driveway,” he said.
The tree crushed an Alpha Romeo and badly damaged a Peugeot 208 and a BMW, he said.
Mr Cadwell added: “The tree is at least 40ft and mst be about a century old. The roots have been ripped out and exposed.
“I have no idea how extensive the damage is and won’t know until the tree has been removed. My son’s car is only third party insurance so he is unlikely to get any cover to replace or repair the vehicle.”
The family is contacting staff at Tregothnan Estate, which owns the land, to assess the damage and have the tree removed.
The fire service said there have been no other major incidents across the county despite the high winds which are set to continue throughout the day.