Storm forces huge tree on Lufkin man's house

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin man was at home Monday when he thought a tornado hit. It was actually a tree falling on his house in the 900 block of Henderson Street.

"All the sudden I heard a BOOM and a vibration," Dwight Blackshire said. "At first I thought it was a tornado that hit and I looked outside and saw leaves and branches."

Blackshire soon realized that it wasn't a tornado. It was a neighbor's tree on his roof. And it didn't surprise him.

"The one I thought was going to fall finally fell," he said.

Not surprising to him because it wasn't the first time this has happened.

"The first time it was a tree way back in the back near the property line, then I had a big oak tree fall in the back," he said. "It covered the back yard, then I had one, you can see it snapped, it fell on the fence line and then finally this one fell on the house. So this is actually the first one to hit the house."

And at this time the neighbor who had the tree doesn't even know about it. But Blackshire said it wont be a problem.

Blackshire says that when he brought his kids home from school. They couldn't believe what they saw.

"They were surprised but I had told them that it could happen and they were shocked when they walked in from school," Blackshire said.

Blackshire is confident that the amount of rain soaked up and softened the ground around the tree, causing the tree to collapse.

Farr Tree Services says there is one good way to stop this from happening.

"If they see them leaning, get them cut as soon as possible because they might fall down," Justin Farr said.

Advice that Blackshire can agree with.

"If they get top-heavy, cut them down," he said.

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