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Wind sends tree crashing onto Florence home

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Oct 16 2012 08:24:34 PM MDT
MISSOULA. Mont. -

High winds Tuesday sent a large spruce tree crashing onto a Florence home.

No one was home during the crash. Homeowner Gretchen Bigelow said she thought it was a joke when she heard the news.

"I got a text message from my fiancé saying that the fire department called and said the tree had fallen on the house, and I thought he was joking,” said Bigelow.

50 mile an hour wind gusts snapped the tree in two, and the top half came to a rest covering three quarters of the home.

"From inside there's actually a branch going through my roof inside,” said Bigelow. “Then I just noticed, in my bedroom, there's a long crack all the way down the side of my bedroom, so all that will have to be replaced, and I'm sure there's multiple holes."

Firefighters said, despite the damage, the house was structurally sound.

"I am a little nervous, the fire department said it was safe, but I'm still not sitting on that side,” said Bigelow. “I'm kinda on the other side of the house. I don't know if I really feel that safe until the guys come out and fix it."

She said she has homeowners insurance, which will cover most of the repair costs.