Pawtucket family loses home to fallen tree

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Anthony Miller’s mom and stepdad were at their home on Day Street in Pawtucket when winds knocked an enormous tree right into the house.

“My stepdad heard the tree branches cracking though the roof,” Miller said. “And apparently he just rolled out of the way. He left with minor cuts and scrapes. The fire department said he’s a very lucky individual.”

His mom was lucky too.

“She was in her room, and it’s probably the furthest room from any of the damage,” he said.

Miller rushed home as soon as he found out, and everyone was shaken up in those moments he describes as “confusing and frustrating.”

He says they had planned to trim the tree this year.

“Due to the virus, we pushed everything back, thinking it was going to be okay,” Miller said.

Now he says they’re left without a home.

“It’s a small tragedy,” Miller said. :We lost the house after 12 years. It’s in God’s hands. Can’t do nothing else.”

But he says it could have been more tragic had everyone not made it out alive.

“I was more happy to see that my mom and my stepdad were okay,” Miller said. “Houses can be rebuilt, lives can’t.”

The Red Cross is assisting the family so they can stay in a hotel this week.


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