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Man hurt after tree falls on Fayetteville house

Posted January 31, 2013

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— A Fayetteville man was hurt Wednesday night after a tree crashed down onto the roof of his home.

Reggie Davis was reading the bible in the bedroom of his home on Longhorn Drive when strong winds split a loblolly pine that toppled onto the roof.

"Everything came out of the ceiling. I was buried," Davis said Thursday. "I just had to dig myself out like I was in a swimming pool."

Davis's fiancée, Shirley Campbell, had just come home with her 4-year-old granddaughter.

"It was horrible," she said. "I was standing outside watching a tree fall on my house."

Davis's injuries weren't serious. He suffered some bruises to his back and one of his legs.

The tree was struck by lightning last year and was dying, and the landlord of the home had been planning to remove it this summer.

Tree removal experts were at the home Thursday to clear away the debris.

The American Red Cross is assisting Campbell, Davis and others at the home with a place to stay.

Campbell said it could have been worse.

"I just thank God that we're OK," she said. "We can replace the house, but we can't replace each other."

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  • superman Feb 1, 10:44 a.m.

    Since he was renting--I hope he has renters insurance--if not whatever he had that was damaged is going to be on him. The landlords insurance does not provide coverage for the renters property inside the house.

  • superman Feb 1, 10:17 a.m.

    Insurance does not usually cover damage done by a "dead" tree. It should have been removed when it was determined that it was dead. The damage will have to be paid by the homeowner since he was at fault. Insurance will only cover when a "live" tree falls.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 1, 8:26 a.m.

    Here is hopping the injuries are minor and not permanent and that the land owner has great insurance. You do not wait a year to remove a tree that may cause people or property loss