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8-year-old girl killed, another child injured after tree falls through Woodville home

Posted at 11:04 AM, Apr 19, 2019

WOODVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Friday's storms packed a lot of power, so we see why the First Alert weather team has been warning us all week about this system.

And sadly, the storm took the life of a child in Woodville.

Neighbors had mixed reactions. Some neighbors we spoke with say Friday's storm was just like any other thunder storm. Others, thought this is some of the worst weather they've ever seen.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, a tree fell on a family's home around 8:00 a.m., killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring a 12-year-old boy. The boy is expected to be okay.

The home was just off Woodville Highway near Ace High Stables Road.

Just down the street Andrew Collard was home during the severe weather. Collard says he was surprised that someone was killed during the storm.

He says this is a reminder that you have to be cautious when Mother Nature is involved.

"When the wind was blowing it was really blowing and there is enough oak tree in the yard that we are always fearful that a branch is going to fall some place that we don't need it to but we didn't have any problems, it was just our regular thunderstorm," said Collard.

Collard says the worst damage his house received was some overturned lawn chairs.

Obviously, not all families were that lucky. If we get any updates on the condition of the second child, we'll pass along the information.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office confirms that an 8-year-old child is dead after a tree fell through a home off Old Woodville Road during severe weather Friday morning.

LCSO confirms that they were called to a home in the 11700 block of Old Woodville Highway off Ace High Stables Road around 8 a.m. Friday about a tree that had gone through a house, injuring two residents.

Two children, an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, were transported to a local hospital with injuries.

The 8-year-old girl was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The 12-year-old has non life-threatening injuries and is with family.

LCSO Victim Advocates are assisting the family who is asking for privacy at this time.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family cover funeral costs, move into a new home and replace items inside their home.

Leon County Emergency Management has reported trees down on two other homes along Woodville Highway, though specific locations have not been released.

This is a developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.