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Chigwell pair shaken as tree falls through roof

PUBLISHED: 15:59 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 31 March 2015

Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.

Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.

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A couple rushed home from a shopping trip to find a tree had smashed into their house.

Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.

Terence and Janet Rogers, of Lambourne Road, Chigwell, had left their home for about 15 minutes when their son called them to let them know that a massive tree had slammed into their front two upstairs bedrooms.

Neighbours contacted the son, who wasn’t home, through Facebook after they heard a “tremendous” noise – “like a lightning storm” – when the tree came down.

Terence and Janet left Lidl, where they were shopping, to find their two dogs disturbed and in shock.

“Our golden retriever is very traumatised,” said Janet.

Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.Janet and Terence Rogers outside their house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.

“I was shaking rather badly when I saw the house and it took a couple of hours for me to calm down.

“Someone could have been in the house at the time – it’s just unbelievable. It was pretty windy and we did think the tree was swaying rather a lot but I didn’t think it was enough to bring the tree down.”

Terence and Janet’s neighbours took them in when they returned home.

Janet said: “They were saying it was a noise like you would never believe, it was like a lightning storm – they said the noise was tremendous.”

A tree fell on a house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell. Picture: Ryan Battles/@battles1A tree fell on a house in Lambourne Road, Chigwell. Picture: Ryan Battles/@battles1

Firefighters were alerted at about 3pm following the incident on Sunday and Epping Forest District Council’s structural engineers were called to assess the damaged property.

Janet said: “It’s gone right through the attic and it’s punctured through the bedrooms – it’s pretty bad. Most of the tree is lodged in the roof and all the guttering was torn down.

“We’ve been spending our time in the garage at the back – we think the house is unsafe at the moment even though no one has told us that.”

The couple, who do not own the 40ft tall tree on adjacent land, have been sleeping at a hotel since Sunday.

The pair, who have lived in the street for more than 35 years, are waiting for a crane to remove the tree.


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