Tree Falls On Home In Riverton Community

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A huge tree fell on a home in Madison County early this morning.  Fortunately, the homeowner was not hurt.

The home is on Steakley Road, off Bell Factor Road in the Riverton community.  The homeowner, Fred Medlen, says he heard a loud noise about 2:30 a.m.

"We heard pop, pop, pop and next thing I know.. this thing.. I said 'it's going, it's going, it's going; and ploop," said Medlen.

Hours later, Medlen admitted he was sad to see the old oak tree end up like this.

"Oh yeah, that was perfect shade in the summer time," said Medlen.

His family estimates it had been there for close to a century.

"It's not rotten.. It's just, time for her to go," he said.

Now, half of the tree is in Medlen's attic, crushing the front of his house.  Crews told him they'd have to use a crane to lift it off.  His insurance adjustor also came to the house Tuesday morning, but couldn't estimate the true loss until the tree was removed.

Tree on house, on Steakley Road in northern Madison County (Photo: Beth Jett, WHNT News 19)