Family of six escape when tree crashes onto home during severe storm

"Just happy we are safe"

DOVER, Fla. - Even the sound of a chainsaw, used by workers to chop up a fallen tree after Wednesday's powerful storm, can't drowned out the sobs of a mother of five, looking at her destroyed home.

Anne Ramirez and her five children, the youngest just three-years-old, were all inside their mobile home at the Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park on Jess Walden Road in Dover when the storm hit 4:15 Wednesday evening. The storm, packing 70 mile per hour winds at times, toppled a nearly 40 foot tree, splitting their home.

"There was like branches everywhere," says Ramirez's 13-year-old daughter Maria Arrona.  "The wind and the rain was like hitting the trailer like really hard."

Arrona says she, her siblings and her mother have just a little more than the clothes on their back.  She says just before she helped everyone out of a side window, she screamed to her mother to grab everyone's birth certificates and other important documents.  Arrona says she feared everything would be destroyed as water spewed from a busted pipe.

"Just happy we are safe," says Arrona as she and her mother walked hand in hand surveying what is left of their home of three years.

Arrona says she hopes after the clean up process, she and her family will be able to go back inside the mobile home to salvage whatever they can, but where they will go from there is still very uncertain.
 

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