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Tree falls on elderly woman's home in Webb

She had gotten out of the bed just seconds before the tree snapped.
This pine tree snapped and landed on top of the home
This pine tree snapped and landed on top of the home
Roof collapses right on homeowner's bed
Roof collapses right on homeowner's bed
Martha Ogburn got out of bed by chance just seconds before tree fell
Martha Ogburn got out of bed by chance just seconds before tree fell
When that cold front came in earlier this week it brought with it some strong winds and just a little before 7AM Tuesday morning, a pine tree came crashing down right onto a home in Webb, landing in an elderly woman's bed. She says luckily she had gotten out of the bed just seconds before the tree snapped.

"It came down. I wasn't out of there a minute and that tree fell. I just got up. Got out of the bed and there was this big kind of a “whooshy” sound and then a big thump and then it was all cloudy and smoky and the air was all full of stuff. It was a mess. I couldn't breathe for a while," said Martha Ogburn.

Ogburn says she never wakes up early but on Tuesday morning she looked at her clock and even though she had hours before her alarm would normally wake her, she decided to get up.

"I feel extremely blessed cause if I hadn't got up I would either be really bad hurt or really bad dead," she said.

She's lived in her home on Bill Yance Road in Webb for over 12 years. Right now Ogburn is living with friends, but she met up with an adjuster as he assessed the damage at her home today. She told him that in the back of her mind she was afraid something like this could happen.

"There are a bunch more dead ones. We have pine beetles now," she said.

Leaving her with a dangerous piece of property and a problem too expensive for her to fix.

"A man was out here Tuesday that said he would cut them down for 150 dollars a piece but I have 100 pine trees. I don't have that kind of money," said Ogburn.

But she says despite the problem she now has on her hands she's thankful that she's alive.

Carolyn Brewster is a Multimedia Journalist at WDHN News. Follow her on Twitter @CarolynWDHN or email her at Carolyn@WDHN.com
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