Tree demolishes apartments in The Fan

House on Mulberry Street
House on Mulberry Street

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Even in the blazing heat, many people were still trying to clean up the trail of damage left by the storm. People stopped by one house on Mulberry Street in Richmond's Fan District all day on Saturday.

The story of the people inside the home during Friday night's storm is almost something out of a Hollywood blockbuster.

"All of the sudden it literally just sounded like a train or something loud came shooting down Mulberry Street and there was a huge crash in the back of the house," Margaret Bradley recalled.  "We both went sprinting for the stairs."

The simplest, yet scariest, of thoughts crowded the minds of Margaret and her roommate, Whitney.

"We just knew that something bad had happened in the back of the house," Margaret said.

Daylight brought a harsh reality and tears to her eyes.

"I came out here," she explained. "It was horrible. I started to cry because everything we own is in there."

Friday night, firefighters reached through the bedroom door for any items they could get their hands on. It was even too dangerous for them to salvage the belongings.

"Everything is still in there," Bradley lamented.

The large tree came toppling over, bringing the roof, part of Whitney's bedroom, the kitchen and an outside deck crashing to the ground. Still, the girls consider themselves lucky.

"If it had been a weeknight than she would have been in bed already because she has to get up early to go to work," Margaret added.  "She would have been in that room. "So it's amazing that she wasn't."

And, to prove fate was even more on their side, a lease on their new apartment starts Sunday. The landlord allowed them to move in a day early.

"We feel so lucky that we have some place to go," Bradley said. "We don't know what we would have done if we didn't have some place to go."

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