Volunteer firefighters rescued a man from a Gastonia house late Friday afternoon after a large, apparently rotting tree fell through the middle of the one-story dwelling.
Details are still sketchy, but firefighters from Union Road Fire Department responded to a house on 3321 Scott Drive about 5:30 p.m. where the tree had fallen through the home, a Gaston County dispatcher said.
The street is just off Patrick Road.
Rescuers removed the tree in chunks before they could remove an injured man inside. They pulled the victim from the wreckage and an ambulance took him to a nearby medical helicopter that airlifted the victim to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries.
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Neighbors say an elderly man had been trapped under the tree and he and his wife had been saving money to get the tree taken down, reported WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. His wife was returning home from work after the tree fell.
Photographs from WBTV show the massive tree had sliced completely through the house to the ground.