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Fitzgerald home destroyed by falling tree

September 7, 2004 Fitzgerald -- High winds knocked over trees onto two homes in Fitzgerald Monday night. One tree landed on a mobile home and a car, doing very little damage. But the other tree literally cut an 80 year old home in half.

David Adam was watching a report on Tropical Storm Frances on WALB News Ten about 5:40, when high winds drove this 75 foot oak tree into his home. "Like thunder crashing through. Thunder, just a boom, and thunder."

The huge tree knocked out the roof and wall in the dining room, only yards from where Adam and his wife Kathy sat. "It scared me and my wife. I was yelling at my wife, move move. But she wouldn't move, she just covered up her head."

David Adam says grandfather built this house in 1920, when he moved to Fitzgerald to become the city clerk. And yes, he planted this oak tree, which 80 years later fell and cut the house in half. Adam said "I used to watch squirrels play around the bottom of it, and I thought some day it's going to fall. Well, it fell."

Adam with help from friends is moving out furniture. Lots of people have come by to help. " I've got people coming by bringing me food. The community is very good about coming by. I had a lady just walk up and give me an envelope. I tried to get her name, but she just said I am your neighbor in God. OK."

And a steady stream of people drive by, just to see the destroyed home. David Adam forced to leave his longtime family home, a total loss from Tropical Storm Frances.

 David Adam spent the night in his wrecked home to safeguard it. Tuesday he and his wife moved into a home Fitzgerald city leaders arranged.

 Just three blocks from Adam's home in Fitzgerald, another huge tree was knocked over by last night's high winds. Ronald and Jeanette Harper's mobile home is buried beneath this huge tree which was blown over about 5:30 Monday.

The Harper's home was not damaged, but the tree pretty much covers it. Jeanette Harper said"It just felt like a boom. I was in the living room when it happened."

Ronald Harper said "It's on top of it, but it didn't hurt it. It's not hurt too bad."

A car owned by the Harper's aunt was hit by the tree and sustained minor damage. Now the Harper's wonder how they will clean up the huge mess.

posted at 4:19 PM by jimw@walb.com