Family and tenant safe after tree crashes into carriage house apartment in Lexington

The Hoelscher family say that while the incident was scary, no one was hurt.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As state crews continue to make sure people have power after Thursday night’s ice storm, a Lexington family is recovering after a tree fell. crashed in their apartment because of the ice.

At 710 Central Avenue, a water maple over 100 years old crashed into the Hoelscher family’s carriage house apartment behind their home early Friday morning.

Owner Kyle Hoelscher says the incident happened around midnight. He says he was awake at the time and was startled by the noise.

“I was awake when the tree fell, I was at the back of the house and it almost felt like lightning ripping through the sky when the tree fell. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this huge water maple falling out the back,” Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher says the tree was massive, with a trunk 5 feet in diameter. The tree fell into the carriage shed apartment behind the Hoelschers’ residence, collapsing about a third of it and trapping the tenant of the Hoelschers’ carriage shed. Although the Lexington Fire Department was called to help the tenant exit the apartment, Hoelscher says no one was injured.

“Thank goodness my tenant was safe and sound, it was blocking her access to get out of the property, so we had to get the firefighters down and help her down a ladder. It was pretty scary,” Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher says the way the tree fell may have saved the tenant’s life.

“If the tree hadn’t fallen and landed where it fell, it could have been much worse than property damage,” Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher says the tenant is staying with a friend in the neighborhood and plans to fix the building, though he thinks it will take some time.

“Everyone is a bit busy, so I imagine the repairs will be a bit delayed…hopefully everything will be back in place quickly so my tenant can get home as soon as possible,” Hoelscher said. .

Later Friday morning, crews were on hand to help remove the massive tree from the Hoelschers’ backyard.