HIGH POINT — At least a dozen people worked to clear the debris from a fallen tree on Tuesday that blocked traffic on East Springfield Road, took out power and phone service, and crushed part of a home.
An approximate 75-foot tall oak tree fell on some power lines before crashing into High Point resident Martin Coble's kitchen where he has an active gas line.
"The oak tree in my front yard split in two," said homeowner Martin Coble. "One split went over my house, the other split and fell on Springfield Road. If you think back to all of the storms we've had for the last few days and nothing and then tonight it just sort of falls on its own. I guess it weakened over time."
The fire department responded quickly. The home never caught fire. The family said when the tree went down it not only rattled the neighbors, but the tremors caused local businesses alarms to go off.
"Tonight I'll be staying with my parents and then we'll see what the insurance company has to say about things," said Coble.
Crews worked through the day to clear the road and return power and phone service to neighbors. A quick fix for many, but a long road ahead for Coble and the repairs he will have to make to his home.