More than 40 homeowners report damage in Kilgore after storm
Tree falls on garage apartment in Kilgore (Source: KLTV Staff)
Man rescued from upstairs after tree falls on house (Source: KLTV Staff)
First responders say they searched this house to make sure no one was home Monday night after the tree fell (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
More than forty homeowners in Kilgore are left with damage to clean up from Monday night's storms. Officials say most of the damage happened in the central part of town. Kilgore firefighters say they got back-to-back calls of homes being damaged, including a call to rescue a man stuck in his home.
"Any of these things can be replaced, but you can't replace a family member or someone you love," Kevin Key said. "It would be devastating."
Kevin Key is grateful his son is alive. He says a nearly 70 foot tree was inches away from crushing his son.
"He was basically in the middle of the room and I guess the impact obviously startled him," Key said. "He rolled over and got to the area that was not collapsed."
First responders were able to rescue Key's son from upstairs. Now, his son's truck and the house that was just rebuilt two years ago will need a bit of a rescue, too.
A two story garage and apartment next door were also damaged.
"This tree uprooted. It's a very, very tall tree and when it fell, it took the garage here," Lynn Kelly said.
No one has lived in the apartment for many years and no one was in the garage when it happened. Another large tree fell just a few feet away from two houses on the same street, causing damage. A few blocks away from the damage on North Street and Thompson Street even more houses were damaged.
"I got word first thing this morning that there was damage here and I came and looked," Lloyd Bolding said.
Lloyd Bolding is helping clean up his friend's home. The homeowner wasn't home Monday night when the storm happened, but first responders say they did an emergency check, just to make sure.,
Homeowners are now left to settle insurance claims and pick up the pieces, but they all still have a reason to be grateful.
"I'm just thankful nobody was hurt," Lynn Kelly said.
First responders say there were no life-threatening injuries during Monday night's storm, and they will continue to help with the clean up process this week.