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Storm damage round up: Pensioner rescued as tree hits Driffield residential home

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A woman had to be rescued after a tree smashed into a residential home in Driffield during a night of storms in which wind speeds reached gale force levels.

Gusts of more than 80mph brought down the tree on to the Riverhead Hall nursing home, trapping the woman as she watched television.

Humberside Fire and Rescue rushed to the scene after the beech tree was snapped in two by the force of the wind just after 8.30pm.

Dramatic photos from the scene show the devastating damage caused by the tree to the structure of the building.

Paul Whitehead, of Humberside Fire and Rescue, said: “A beech tree collapsed and went through the building roof and wall of a building into a room occupied by a 74-year-old woman who was sat watching TV.

“She was trapped by the tree but remarkably she was not injured or not significantly injured.

“There was debris from the structure of the building, she was covered in dust. It seems like she had, quite literally, a scratch.

“She was still in the room when firefighters arrived. There were two pumps from Driffield and one from Bridlington.”

Fire fighters were able to free the woman and she was given trauma care. Paramedics were on scene and she was examined.

“She was quite lucky,” said Mr Whitehead.

Full story and more photos in next week’s Drififeld Times and Post.

 

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