Storms cause major damage, injuries in Chesterfield

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Incredible wind damage in Chesterfield County where a mother and her three children escaped serious injury after a tree sheered off the back of their house.

It happened just before six Monday night on Sherwood Forest Drive off Kingsland Road in the Camelot Forest neighborhood.

That wasn't the only home damaged in the subdivision.

The mother and her three children are said to be doing just fine. An 8 year old remains in the hospital.

Their home has been condemned along with another house just down the street.

The damage is jaw-dropping. From one vantage point, you can see the shower head in what was an upstairs bathroom.

 "It's unbelievable it took half the house off," said neighbor Tim Sanderson.

What's even more incredible, a mother and her three children, ages 8, 5, and 10 months, got out alive.

"There was an eight year old in the room where the tree struck," said Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire and Rescue.

Authorities say the eight year old was able to crawl around the debris and get out of the house on his own.  His mother and two siblings had to be pulled from a second story window

Firefighter tried to rescue the family dog, but it jumped from their hands, broke its leg, and scampered into the woods.

The woman's sister stopped by briefly to grab baby formula.

"They're blessed they are to be living they're blessed you can replace a home you can't replace a life," said Linda Johnson.

The path of destruction led us to Friar Ridge Drive and Sonya Thompkins' home of nine years, a power box caught fire when a tree came crashing down.

"We were just sitting in there in normal setting just thought it was raining just looked up and saw and heard it was more," said Thompkins.

When the winds whipped up, Sanderson grabbed his two children and ran for cover in a downstairs bathroom.

"It was almost like they say the sound of a freight train," said Sanderson.

"It was scary because of the thunder," said his daughter Sofia.

For at least two families, devastation.

"This is home and to have to go somewhere is difficult," said Thompkins.

A building inspector deemed both homes unsafe and unlivable.

The American Red Cross is in the neighborhood providing assistance

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