Tree Crashes Through Roof, Occupants Rescued

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-12
Date:  February 13, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a cave-in Sunday, February 12, 2012, at approximately 1:25 a.m., in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single-family, two-story home is located in the 5100 block of Lavery Court.

Firefighters encountered a large tree upon arrival that had crashed through the roof and into a bedroom, pinning an adult female while sleeping, but narrowly missing an adult male. The mattress and bed frame collapsed to the floor upon impact of the tree and roofing material while both occupants lay in bed. Firefighters and technical rescue crews stabilized the large, four foot in diameter tree and surrounding roof trusses, and then conducted a series of precision tree cuts enabling rescue crews to lift the tree, branches, and other debris off the adult female. The patient was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It took firefighters and technical rescue crews working in high wind conditions more than 75 minutes to rescue the woman following the 911 call. 

County building inspectors deemed the home uninhabitable, displacing three occupants from the home. There were no other injuries.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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