Family homeless after tree damages home in severe storm

5-year-old escaped injury despite roof caving in; home now condemned


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Northwest Jacksonville family is now homeless after a tree fell on a home on Wabash Boulevard near Old Kings Road during a round of severe storms that swept through the area Sunday.

The homeowner's 5-year-old grandson escaped injury when a tree crashed through the roof of a bedroom, dropping rubble onto the child's bed. But now the family has learned that the home has been condemned because of the damage.

They are asking for the community's help as they scramble to find a place to live.

They have created a GoFundMe page to help them raise money for a new home. 

Joyce Tracey lived in the home with her husband, her daughter and three grandchildren.

Tracey's husband was taken to a hospital for anxiety after the tree pierced the home, but he was back with his family on Monday.

Tracey's daughter, her 5-year-old son and 11-month-old child were in a bedroom when the tree crashed through the roof on top of the crib and the bed.

Rubble covered the boy, and his mother had to dig him out, but he wasn't hurt.

Tracey said they don't have insurance, but they are grateful to be alive.

“I just want to tell people, please, when they say there is a storm, don’t take it lightly. People say, 'Oh, it won’t hurt anything,' but you never know,” Tracey said. “We didn’t think anything was going to happen because with the hurricane nothing happened, but this was just a storm and something did happen.”

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