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Falling trees send 3 to hospital in SW Atlanta

4:45 AM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Monday's wet weather brought down trees on at least two Atlanta houses.

One person was hospitalized when a tree fell on his house on Shanter Trail SW just off Cascade Road at 2 a.m.

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Neighbors said the man, Warren Head, had neck surgery on Wednesday and returned home to recuperate on Saturday. He was inside the home when the tree crashed through the roof just a short distance from where he was resting.

Atlanta Fire Battalion Chief Douglas Hatcher said the weight of the tree, which is about two feet wide, took out much of the house's roof. It also crashed through several layers of brick and caused the house to shift on its foundation.

A second tree fell at around 5:15 a.m. at a house on Enota Place SW, also in southwest Atlanta.

Mattie Barnes says she heard the crash, then heard Melody Hampton pounding on her front door.

"She was screaming, 'my mom is in that house,'" Hampton said.

Hampton crawled out of a window, but firefighters had to pull her mother from the damaged home.

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