At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cobb firefighters began attempting to rescue the two women from the two-story home on Sugar Creek Drive. It took about 40 minutes to free them, said Lt. Dan Dupree, spokesman for Cobb Fire Department.
“They were sitting on the bed, and it trapped them by their legs between the trunk and their lap,” Dupree said.
One woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance while the other was flown out by helicopter. Dupree did not know the condition of the women.
Ken Sherman was perched on the roof of his home that sits at the end of a long, wooded driveway off Powder Springs Road on Wednesday afternoon working to remove the tree.
At first, he heard the sound of snapping when the tree roots began to come out of the ground and then heard the tree beginning to fall, breaking branches on the way down.
“Then it was just boom,” Sherman said.
He thinks the ceiling beam helped break the fall of the tree and kept the two women inside the home from being critically injured. One women was released from the hospital Tuesday night, Sherman said, and the other is expected to recover.
“As long as everybody’s OK, that’s what matters,” Sherman said. “The rest of this can be fixed.”
As a construction worker, Sherman has seen trees leave homes destroyed, he said, but never expected it to happen to his house.
The home has been left unsafe to live in, he said, and he will likely stay in an extended-stay hotel until the house can be repaired.
Dupree said Tuesday’s high winds caused the tree to come down.
“It didn’t appear to be rotting or anything,” Dupree said.
Winds reached 35 mph Tuesday with gusts up to 40 mph, said Alex Gibbs, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.