7-year-old girl dies after tree falls on bedroom

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TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WATE) — A 7-year-old girl died after a tree fell onto the bedroom where she was sleeping at a home in Townsend Monday morning, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies received a call for help on Towns End Drive around 8:15 a.m. Once on scene, they found a tree had fallen on a rental house and onto a bedroom where the 7-year-old was sleeping, the sheriff’s office said.

The home is in a wooded area off US 321, near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The child’s identity has not been released. No other family members were injured. Red Cross is assisting, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities did not say if the family is local or visiting the area.

It is not yet determined if this morning’s winter weather caused the tree to fall. Heavy snow blanketed East Tennessee early this morning, with the Smokies and foothills receiving the greatest snowfall.

Editors Note: This story has been updated.

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