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Several injured as tree falls into Bristol flats during Storm Dennis

Several people were injured when a tree fell into a block of flats in Hanham (Credit: James Diamond)

A tree was blown over in Hanham in Bristol last night hitting a block of flats and leaving several people with minor injuries.

The fire service were called just before 7pm on Sunday to Grange Court; on arrival they found the tree had fallen across the road and hit the building, smashing several windows and taking large trunks out of the wall.

A 5-year-old girl was among those injured when branches smashed her bedroom window.

She was left with several cuts and scratches to her face that needed stitches, while  a car that was parked outside the block was crushed and has been written off.

Ken Stevens, who lives opposite told us about the moment it happened: "Well we were watching television and we heard a loud, so we thought clap of thunder, didn't take any much notice, then we seen lights outside through the curtains we could see all the different lights, looked outside and there was ambulances, fire engines, police cars, and obviously we've seen the tree."

He told us the emergency services were on the scene very quickly, "10 to 15 minutes" after the tree came down.

"It's just good fortune I suppose [that no one was seriously injured]", he siad.

"People were taken to hospital with minor cuts as I understand but other than that, nobody was seriously hurt.

"There is a vehicle that's smashed to pieces underneath it."

He added he was "amazed" to see the tree come down.

"That tree has been there, I mean I've been here for 40 years and that tree was here before I came...but it must have been decayed or something I don't know."

Sixteen people including the 5-year-old girl who was injured have been evacuated from their flats.

A structural engineer is due to visit the site to asses the damage, before the tree can be safely removed.


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