IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Moments after a massive tree fell on their house, a 10-year-old knew to call 9-1-1. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. Audio from that call was released Wednesday.
The home on Lawrence Street in Irondale looked like it was cut in half. Crews finally cleared the huge tree Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday night, a massive tree uprooted and split the home in half during a storm, trapping five kids and their babysitter.
In the terrifying moments after the home collapsed, one of the kids called 9-1-1.
Kid: A house… there was a big thunder shake and the house just collapsed on us in a lightning storm.
Dispatcher: Okay, okay. You’re trapped in the house?
Kid: Yes and it just collapsed on us.
Throughout the call, the dispatcher tries to keep the children calm.
Dispatcher: I don’t want you moving because if there’s anything… lines down or anything, you could get hurt. Stay on the phone with me, okay?
Kid: Yes, ma’am. Please hurry.
Neighbors got to the house first. They called out to see who is inside. The children scream back.
Kid 1 (to someone outside home): There’s six of us. Please dig through and help us out.
Person: (inaudible response)
Kid 2: I can’t find my mom.
Kid 1: We can’t hear her mom that’s with us.
Person: You can’t hear her. Can you see her?
Kid 1: No, we can’t see her
Kid 2: We can’t see her or hear her.
Kid 1: There’s a little baby here. Please, get him out first.
All five children were pulled out of the house with only scrapes. Their babysitter had to be cut out by firefighters. She was taken to the hospital with back pain.
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