Storm drama as tree falls on flats
Residents' lucky escape as storms strike
A CHILD had a lucky escape after she was left with only minor injuries when a huge tree came crashing down on a block of flats in Hanham during Storm Dennis.
The branches of the beech tree smashed the window of her bedroom where she had been lying on her bed.
Fire fighters from Hicks Gate and Kingswood stations were called to the incident at Grange Court just before 7pm on Sunday February 16.
The tree had crushed a car which was parked outside the flats as its branches tore down fascias and smashed through windows.
Residents were treated for minor injuries by paramedics with 16 people having to leave their homes until a structural engineer could assess the damage.
Hicks Gate Fire Station posted a photograph on Twitter of the child's bedroom with a smashed window and branches poking through into the room.
In response to a message asking if the child was ok, they replied: “She was laying on her bed playing on her phone at the time when the branch came through the window, thankfully and amazingly only a couple of small cuts.”
A spokesman for Avon Fire & Rescue said: “At 18:57, crews from Hicks Gate and Kingswood fire stations were mobilised to reports of a fallen tree.
“On arrival, they found a tree had fallen on to a block of flats and damaged several windows. Crews searched the building and isolated the utilities.
“Following discussions between police, fire, and ambulance, four properties were deemed unsafe until assessed by a structural engineer and 16 people were evacuated.
“Ambulance crews treated two casualties on the scene for minor injuries and the property was left in the hands of police.
"The Red Cross were also in attendance to assist with rehoming.”
A spokesman from South Western Ambulance Service said: “We were called on Sunday at 6.55pm about an incident at an address in Hanham, Bristol.
"We sent land ambulance crews and specialist paramedics to attend the incident.”