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Oxford Storm Coverage: Fallen Tree Hits Side of House

Emergency responders busy with a number of calls after thunderstorm Monday evening.

A large tree fell and grazed the side of a house on Route 67, or Oxford Road, just narrowly missing striking the center of a Cape Cod-style home and demolishing it Monday evening.

The incident occured at 251 Oxford Road during a fast-moving thunderstorm that wreaked havoc in the Naugatuck Valley and other parts of the state, bringing with it small amounts of hail, fast-moving winds and torrents of rain. The home, which is owned by Deborah Torrey, according to land records, was inspected by Oxford building officials and is deemed safe for her to live in, police said at the Oxford Resident Trooper's Office Monday night.

Nobody was injured in that incident; it was unclear whether Torrey or anyone else was inside the home when the tree fell. The tree, which appears to be an Oak, looks from a reader-submitted photo like it split near its base and fell toward the house. A large limb fell on the side of the home, narrowly missing a window ont he top floor of the 1,400-square-foot, one-family white house with black shutters.

Numerous local emergency crews responded to the home. They were busy with other incidents on Monday night, including downed wires from fallen trees, which also led to road closures, police said. Traffic lights went out in some parts of town, including on Route 67, causing traffic issues, police said.

Police said there were no injuries reported during the storm. They said a tree fell right in front of a car, and the car struck the tree but the operator was not injured.

As of 9:45 p.m., 894 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Oxford, or 17 percent of customers in the town, were without power, according to CL&P's website

It was unclear how many calls emergency crews responded to; Fire Chief Scott Pelletier, the emergency management director for Oxford, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night. 

Craig Zac August 02, 2011 at 12:57 PM
what a crazy storm that was...
Craig Zac August 02, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Can I have the wood from that tree? lol I need wood!!!

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