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Tree falls on La Mesa home with family inside

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 22:14:13-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - A family is unsure about the safety of their home after a tree toppled onto the roof during Thursday's storm.

Meaghan Riley was inside the house on Stanford Ave. in La Mesa around noon, sitting with her mother-in-law and twin eight-month-old boys, when she heard a loud sound, possibly a lightning strike in the yard. Instead, she went outside to find a 50-foot-tall eucalyptus tree lying on the roof.

"I was just in shock," Riley told 10News. My heart was racing the next couple hours. I was just in shock that a tree actually fell on our house."

The tree had been in the neighbor's driveway. The main portion of the tree fell directly on the roof, although an additional large branch broke through the side fence and landed on the roof of the garage.

The Riley's said an inspector told them that had the home been of a modern design, the tree would have liked crashed through the roof.

The tree was removed Friday morning. Riley's are living with family members until the safety of the home can be established.

They are sorting through the details of insurance, but tell 10News they will consider moving out of the home permanently.