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Tree being cut down falls on home, three injured

10:24 PM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A tree being cut down fell onto a house west of downtown.

It happened on Spring Grove Avenue Friday, where a family said the tree that fell while being cut down wasn't even from their property.

"When you go upstairs you can look up and see the sky," Angela Simmons said. "Everything that was up is on the ground."

Simmons was leaving her house when she said she heard a noise and watched a tree fall onto her home.

"I was hysterical, I didn't know what to think," Simmons said. "I've never seen nothing like that happen."

Her first thought was her two-week-old granddaughter upstairs.

"I ran upstairs," Simmons said. "The baby was flipped out of her carseat on the floor with residue all over her, my son was on the floor."

"The tree came in and I heard my baby crying, I was scared," said Lamarrenee Seymore, the baby girl's mother.

Seymore said she was knocked down by the impact and found her baby covered in debris.

"I could see her legs and arms but her face and everything was covered up," Seymore said.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer C.J. Lightfoot said the baby and two others were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The tree he says, came from another lot. "They're not even helping us," Simmons said of the company cutting down the tree. "They're in that empty field across from the house."

Lightfood said a contracted company was cutting down the tree when it fell on the home.

It was not known if the lot is privately or city-owned.

But without a roof over their head, Simmons and her family were forced to spend the night somewhere else.

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