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Maryland Family Unharmed After Tree Smashes Through House

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    Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins talked to a family thankful to be alive after a tree destroyed their home early Monday. (Published Monday, Jan. 18, 2016)

    A tree smashed through a house in Clinton, Maryland, early Monday morning -- but a family, including an infant, escaped unscathed.

    A tree crashed through the roof of the Bell family's house about 5 a.m., leaving the kitchen open to the elements.

    "It sounded like thunder," Daren Bell said.

    Most of the family was sleeping in the basement went the tree hit. Bell rushed downstairs to make sure his father was safe.

    "The steps was covered with debris," he said. "The tree was mainly sitting on top of the steps so I couldn't maneuver around it to get to my father, to make sure he got out the house safe."

    His father, Glen Bell, was shocked when he saw the wreckage of his home.

    "I came out to the kitchen and all I could see was sky," he said. "If anyone would've been sitting there, we could have been gone."

    The men, a 10-month-old baby, her mother and her grandmother all made it out safely.

    "I'm thankful to have my family still," Daren Bell said.

    The family has contacted the Red Cross and likely will stay with family, Glen Bell said amid the debris.

    "I'm all cried out," he said. "My house is pretty much gone."