Tree Smashes Into Cleveland Home

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-—This close to Christmas many people are thinking about trees in their homes, but for one local family it was unwanted.

"No, not at all," Jeanie McCalet said after a tree smashed through the front of her Cleveland home.

Tuesday afternoon all was quiet in the McCalet home on East 144th Street in Cleveland when they had an uninvited house crasher.

"We were in the back room and next thing you know we heard a boom," McCalet said.

A spokeswoman for Dominion East Ohio said they had a contractor working in the street out front digging to put in a gas line, when they mistakenly dug up the roots of the tree.

No one inside the McCalet home was hurt.

As for the house itself, that's another story.

"The inside walls are cracked. The roof has holes in it. The entire porch is just demolished pretty much," McCalet said.

We asked Tracy Oliver, a spokeswoman for Dominion East Ohio, if this was unusual.

"It does not happen every day and we would like that it not happen again," Oliver said.

"We're going to roll with the punches because God is good all the time, you know, thank God no one was injured," McCalet said.

Oliver said they will work with the contractor and homeowner to make sure everything gets fixed.

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