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Teen pinned as tree falls on Nunderi house in storm

Warren Higgins with his house, which copped a tree through the roof this week.
Warren Higgins with his house, which copped a tree through the roof this week. John Gass

A LARGE tree fell onto a family home in Nunderi on Monday morning and residents were lucky to escape injury.

Warren Higgin's teenage son Jack got the fright of his life when a sizeable tree came crashing through the kitchen roof about 3.30am.

Jack was next to the kitchen sink when the tree came down as a result of gale force winds in the area.

Jack is deaf and was unable to comment, but his dad said that the teen was "white as a sheet" and visibly shaken by the incident.

"He didn't hear the tree come down and he got bolted to the wall when it happened," he said.

 

Warren Higgins house with a tree through it.
Warren Higgins house with a tree through it. John Gass

Mr Higgins said strong construction of the house prevented further damage and may have saved his son.

 

"We had to re-stump the house because all the old stumps were rusting out," he said.

"So we just re-stumped it (recently) and it took the weight in the corner, I don't know how it's done it. I always wanted to open the house up, but not this way."

Despite his own troubles, Mr Higgins was worried about the state of the rest of the Tweed.

"Yesterday I was in a bit of shock but today we're just getting on with it," he said.

"There's a lot of people who are still having a bit of a hard time of it."

A bulldozer and other heavy machinery arrived at the house this afternoon to remove the tree.

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