A hardwood house frame has been credited with saving the life of two girls and their mum when a massive tree fell on their Queensland home in a “vicious” storm.
Ella Grieves, 8, her sister and mum were in the Maryborough home when the storm rolled through the Wide Bay region on Monday afternoon.
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The powerful winds sent the approximately 30m gum tree onto the home.
“I’m very lucky to be alive because I was right there and the tree’s right there, and I could have died,” Ella told 7NEWS.
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She described hearing a “big bang” before her mum rushed the girls into their laundry room.
“Me and my mum and sister were shaking like crazy, “ she said.
“It was very, very scary. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.
“It was something like in a horror movie.”
A tree has come down on a family’s house in Maryborough during a storm on Monday. Credit: 7NEWSElla Grieve has told of the moment the tree came down. Credit: 7NEWS
The damage to the home was limited because the “hardwood timber frame” prevented the tree crashing through the ceiling, “probably” saving lives, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ Brendan Barsby told 7NEWS.
“That was a very close call, this afternoon,” he said.
“It was a quite a vicious storm.”
The storm brought large hail, strong winds and rain to the region.
State Emergency Services have responded to 60 call-outs since the storms hit about midday on Monday.