UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS shared new details about the fallen tree that caused major structural and property damage to a house in the southwestern part of the city.

According to the department, crews were dispatched to the 2500 block of Creston Avenue SW just before 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 for a report of a tree falling on a home.

Fire officials say first responders performed hazard and structural stability assessments before turning the property over to the owner.

While no injuries were reported, the department says two residents have been displaced following this incident.

WFXR spoke to the owner of the house, Charles Steele, who says he and his wife are shaken, but fine.

“I looked up and there is a tree cutting the house in half and the branch is sitting on the floor in the front hallway,” said Steele.

He says he was brushing his teeth in the bathroom, and his wife was sipping coffee on the front porch when the tree fell.

“Imagine a dull bread knife trying to cut stale bread, a loud crunching sound,” said Steele. “‘Crunch, crunch, crunch, stop.’ And the tree eased down into the house.”



ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — First responders have been called out to southwest Roanoke Tuesday morning after a tree fell into the middle of a home.

Roanoke Fire-EMS says crews are working to stabilize the house, which is located in the 2500 block of Creston Avenue SW.

There are no reports of injuries at this time. However, pictures from fire officials show some of the damage the house sustained from the incident.

This is a developing story.