Woman killed when tree falls on home

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Alachua County authorities say a woman was killed when a tree fell on her north Florida home in the middle of the night.

The Sheriff's Office reports that 42-year-old Dawn M. Ewing and her husband, 40-year-old Michael L. Braton, were in bed early Wednesday morning when an enormous oak tree crashed through their roof and crushed them. Ewing died, but rescuers managed to get Braton to a Gainesville hospital for emergency surgery.

The couple's three children were in the home -- ages 5,9, and 12 -- but they were not injured.  They are now staying with a family friend.

Officials believe strong winds caused the tree -- estimated to stand at least 50 feet and roughly 4 feet around -- to fall on the single-wide mobile home.

A neighbor told The Gainesville Sun that the family had only moved in a few weeks ago.

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