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Chesterfield fire crews rescue family trapped in home by tree

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield Fire and EMS made a daring rescue Monday night after a tree crashed into a family's home, trapping them inside.

"I panicked because my son was at the door," said Neal Clark. "He was right in the line of the tree. He jumped over me, and my wife was right at the door. She was still outside, but it didn't hurt her. I just snatched the door open in a mad panic."

Clark is just happy he and his family made it out of the incident without a scratch.

"Boom!" he recalled. "That's all you could hear. It was a big boom."

Several toppled trees also surrounded the Clark home. Fire crews say it took them less than ten minutes to rescue the family.

"We're glad everyone made it out okay," said Battalion Chief Rick Talley. "They are receiving assistance from the Red Cross."

Crews say the tree incident is likely the result of over-saturated ground after Monday's downpour and high winds.

"We are blessed to be alive," said Clark.

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