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Baby saved from falling tree in Pittsfield

Posted at: 10/30/2012 12:39 PM
Updated at: 10/30/2012 3:58 PM
By: Dan Bazile

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A Pittsfield family is thankful for the quick thinking of a neighbor who helped saved their baby before a massive tree fell on their home Monday night.

The tree split in half under the pressure of gusting winds from Hurricane Sandy, crashing down on a home at Westwood Road.

“It just went like this -- crack, crack, crack and then it just (fell over),” Sue Clark said. “I mean it wasn’t a loud noise from outside. I’m sure it was a small explosion inside.”

Inside the home was a sleeping toddler, according to Clark.  She says her partner, Dick Shagry, was outside and happened to see the tree swaying back and forth.

“And I head a noise. And it sounded like wood cracking. And I looked around and I saw the tree,” he said.

Shagry told Clark who then quickly called the homeowners, Kim and Damian Esposito, who they say had no idea what was about to happen.

Fortunately, Clark says, the mother acted quickly by running into the house to save her baby.

“He just froze. He just said, ‘Oh my God.’ And then she come running out with the baby,” Clark recalled.

But Clark says this could have been a much different story. The massive section of the tree fell, sending branches into the baby’s bedroom and the living room.

“I don’t feel like a hero or anything, but I’m pleased that everybody made it out,” she said. “I mean they can replace the roof and the ceiling and everything.”