6-year-old boy dies after tree falls on home
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police say that a 6-year-old boy died Friday hours after a tree fell onto his home due to high winds.
A neighbor says he crawled into the home on Cliffside Drive in Chester on Friday morning to help get the boy - identified as Anthony Hamilton - out of his bunk bed and saw the tree on the boy's head.
Another neighbor, who lives two trailers away from the incident, says her husband woke her up to say he heard a crash. They went outside and saw the tree had fallen on top of their neighbor's home.
They were told by people on scene that the little boy was underneath the tree.
"It's really scary because her children are about the same age as my kids and they go to the same school as my kids too," said Renee Moore, who has five boys.
Hamilton went to Elizabeth Scott Elementary School and lived in this home with his brother, two sisters, mom and two roommates.
A GoFundMe has been created for the family.
UPDATE FROM NBC12'S ALLISON NORLIAN:
Strong winds also toppled a tree onto a home in Hanover, which trapped four children inside.
No injuries were reported in that incident. High winds are expected to continue through Friday evening and into Saturday. A First Alert Weather Day is in place as winds could gust up to 60 mph.
The winds have also knocked out power to thousands of residents in the area.
In Richmond, the top half of another large tree fell near an apartment complex on Roanoke Street. Police roped off the area, and no injuries were reported.
Power lines were also down on Kenmore Road in south Richmond due to a felled tree.
A transformer fire on Pouncey Tract Road in Henrico County caused by wind and downed power lines closed the road between Twin Hickory Lake Drive and Clerke Drive.
Copyright 2018 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.