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Every cut and move mattered as crews surgically removed a giant tree from a home in Sheridan Tuesday.

“We needed to get it off the house quick because it was uprooted,” said Dan Dawson with Above and Beyond Tree Service. “If the back section of the roots hadn’t held, it would have crushed the whole house.”

Strong winds ripped through the Sheridan neighborhood in Hamilton County, lifting a 100-year-old tree from its roots and slamming it against the second story bedroom.

The homeowner said the noise was horrific. Then, she said, the 10-ton tree fell right on her son’s bedroom.

“That corner bedroom is where he sleeps,” said Mary Shinault. “The wall is cracked from the corner of the ceiling all the way down.  He said it was like an explosion hit the house.”

The next door neighbor said her home was spared but she’ll never forget the wake-up call.

“It happened about 3:15 a.m. and it was a loud swirling wind sound,” She said.
Just down the street, a tree hit a home and swallowed up a car.  Vaught knew the car was totaled.
“I’m going to have to get a new car probably,” Vaught said.  “It’s pretty old so I’m probably due for a new one anyway.”

But, Shinault said she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to sleep in her home any time soon as workers continue to remove the tree from her son’s bedroom.

“Any wrong move could destroy that second story,” Dawson said.