5 hide under mattress as tree falls during Irma

Tree down — According to a Sheriff’s Office report, five people took shelter under a mattress in the hallway of this duplex, as a giant oak punched through the roof during Hurricane Irma.

Tree down — According to a Sheriff’s Office report, five people took shelter under a mattress in the hallway of this duplex, as a giant oak punched through the roof during Hurricane Irma.

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According to a dispatch log from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a tree crashed through the roof of a duplex on New Bedford Drive in DeLand during Hurricane Irma. 

There were no reported injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office said the five occupants reportedly took cover under a mattress in a hallway, as tree limbs fell through the living-room ceiling 15 to 20 feet away. The occupants later relocated to a neighbor’s home.

The tree fell at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. The specific cause is uncertain, but one neighbor suggested it could have been a tornado or microburst. 

The National Weather Service did issue tornado warnings for Volusia County throughout the night.

Significant damage was done to the apartment. According to the dispatch log, the ceiling, insulation and drywall were “wet and falling down.”

After the storm, the occupants left to stay with relatives, according to neighbors. No word on whether or when they will return home.

— Tom Stevens

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