Tree falls on apartment complex, one rescued

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Crews had to help a man get out of his apartment building in Greensboro after a tree limb crashed through the roof.

The tree fell on the Lindley Park Manor Apartments on Manor Drive just after midnight Friday morning.

Thomas Brown, an Elon law student, lived in the apartment where a red oak tree crashed through the roof.

“The wind picked up and then I heard a crash and it was dark so when I opened my

bedroom door I couldn’t really see anything, but I could smell wood and I could hear rain pouring in,” Brown said.

He called 911 and waited for firefighters to let him know it was safe to leave his apartment.

“I guess I was lucky that I wasn’t watching TV and I was in bed so that is one positive thing to take out of it,” Brown said as he watched a tree removal company work to remove limbs.

The fire department condemned the building due to the damage.

No one got hurt, but ten residents were displaced. The apartment company’s management is putting people in vacant apartments.

William Blevins does maintenance for Fidelity Reality Company, the company who manages the apartment complex. He said the apartments were built in the 1950’s.

“Really strong compared to new construction,” he said. “It fell on the soffit, broke a kitchen window,” but the damage wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

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