TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – By all accounts, this couple is lucky to be alive and virtually uninjured after a tree fell on top of their home Monday night.
Tuesday afternoon, John and Fran Simpson went back to the home to evaluate the damage and speak with friends and neighbors.
“The angels above are looking down,” stated storm victim Fran Simpson.
As the Simpsons walked down the sidewalk next to their Fourth Street home, they counted their blessings.
Between what was supposed to be two storm fronts sweeping through the Shoals, a burst of strong winds toppled a huge pecan tree in their front yard.
The couple was sitting in a sunroom when the tree came crashing in on top of them.
“The way I was laying and pinned, I just couldn’t get a breath. I think John was breathing okay, but he was totally pinned down,” explained Fran Simpson.
Emergency responders spent more than an hour rescuing the couple from the remains of their home.
Looking at the damage on Tuesday, Simpson said she is saddened by the damage, but thankful they are still together and safe.
“It’s very disheartening, but we are alive and that’s all that matters,” said Fran. “The things don’t matter.”
John and Fran say they are thankful to the emergency responders who risked their own lives to save theirs.
The home the Simpson’s lived in dates back to 1825, one of the oldest homes in Tuscumbia.
City leaders said the home was used by military forces during the Civil War.
Utility crews are still working in Tuscumbia today to restore service.