Tree crashes through home in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem woman escaped death by just three minutes after a tree crashed through her home Wednesday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., Brit Mittemeijer had just left her kitchen when a 40 foot, thousand pound tree smashed through the kitchen and nearly split the house in two.

“I mean, it could have been my goodbye,” she said, once the sun rose Thursday morning and showed the full extent of the damage.

Her house was on the one in the 1800 block of Oakland Drive to have this happen.

She and her daughter were the only ones inside the house and both were able to escape without any injuries.

Much of the damage was contained to the kitchen, however the roof and portions of the ceiling inside have begun to cave in. Her outside porch is also unstable.

“It did surprised me especially since it did not fall in a storm,” Mittemeijer explained, once she examined the damage.

When inspected, experts found the inside of the tree had become rotten. It’s core was being eaten by pests and the large amount of rain that the Triad has endured caused the ground to become too wet to support it.

Mittemeijer said she was thankful that her and her daughter were spared, and that she has been graced with amazing friends to help her get through this troubling time.

Experts warn people to check their trees for fungus or wood decay before we enter the strong to severe weather season.

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