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About 30 volunteer firefighters from North Beach, Huntingtown, Dunkirk responded to scene

By KATIE FITZPATRICK

Staff writer

A Chesapeake Beach woman was sent to the hospital early Monday morning after a poplar tree crashed through her house and pinned her to her bed.

At about midnight Monday, about 30 members of the North Beach, Huntingtown and Dunkirk volunteer fire departments responded to an 11th Street home in Chesapeake Beach for a report of a tree on top of a house with people trapped, said North Beach VFD Chief Orville Thrasher.

“On arrival, we found that there were seven to eight occupants at the house, with one female trapped in her bed underneath of the tree,” Thrasher said.

A poplar tree, between 65 to 70 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter, had fallen on the house and trapped a woman across her abdomen area, Thrasher said.

After about an hour and a half, firefighters were able to stabilize the tree and remove the debris, and the woman, who Thrasher estimated was in her 50s, was removed from the house and taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George’s County Hospital Center, Thrasher said. He said the woman was in stable condition when she was taken to the hospital.

The tree was dead, and “it appears to have fallen from natural causes,” Thrasher said. The house was condemned, he said, and he believes the family was going to stay with relatives.

“It was a very good work effort between all involved, and the end result was what we wanted,” he said.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com