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Tree falls on McClendon Drive home in Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. – A Decatur couple said they were grateful to be alive after a massive tree crushed their home.

Crews worked most of Tuesday clearing debris from David and Brook Hewitt’s home on McLendon Drive. Even looking at the damage, Brook said she still couldn’t believe what happened.

“We looked at each other and just thought, ‘what the hell is going on,'” she said.

Early Monday morning, a tree in their garden came crashing through the roof. David was in the bathroom where the tree made an impact.

“It was unbelievable, it was mind blowing, I couldn’t believe I got out of there alive. I was a split second away from this thing falling on me,” he said .

While David and Brook escaped unscathed, their office was crushed.

“Everything, all my gear, my cameras, all of that just went,” said Brook, who is an art teacher.

She lost all of her teaching supplies, the computer she used to teach remotely, and the studio she had worked so hard to create.

“I try to take it, not even a day at a time, really an hour at a time,” she said.

The Hewitts said it would take weeks to fully document all the damage, adding that the tree fell on their cars and crushed their carport.

Brook said she was overwhelmed by the event and still accepted what was lost. In the end, she recognizes that if the tree had fallen a different way, she would have a different story to tell.

“It’s terrible, it’s absolutely terrible, but there are so many things that are worse,” she said.

“We didn’t die, and we totally could have, and it’s a miracle we didn’t,” Brook added.

Their friends and family have started a fundraiser to help them rebuild, which has already raised nearly $8,000 by Tuesday night.


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