Tree topples over into Clearwater house near toddler's bedroom

CLEARWATER, Fla. - There was a close call for one Clearwater family when a tree fell onto their home, sending branches into their one-year-old daughter's bedroom.

"Like a ton of bricks hitting the cement," Jery Mabes said of the sound that awakened he, his wife and two daughters Tuesday morning.

Just outside his home, a neighbor's massive oak tree had toppled, sending branches through the roof. He said one piece came right into the bedroom of his toddler daughter.

"There's a piece of tree about (eight inches) round, sticking out on top of my roof inside her room," said Mabes

Fortunately, he and his wife had taken their daughter into their room for the night. 

The tree itself appears to be rotted from the inside out.  Branches shattered off the trunk, debris remained scattered about and windows to the home were shattered. 

"It demolished her wagon I always pushed her around in," said Mabes

He said the damage could range in the thousands of dollars, and without insurance, Mabes has no idea what he's going to do. 

"A lot of damage on the outside.  My tools got damaged.  But mostly, we got damaged from it," said Mabes

Because the lot next door is vacant due to foreclosure, he's prepared to hear bad news, any fixes may have to come from his own pocket. 

"My grandfather said before he died, 'Money doesn't grow on trees.'  Well, it's going to take a lot of money to fix this up," said Mabes

Mabes is in contact with the bank who owns the property next door to see if he can file some sort of claim to get the damage fixed. 

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