Digital Original: Massive 120-year-old tree demolishes historic home with residents asleep inside

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Last night’s storm took quite the toll on homes in Arkansas,  leaving thousands without power as trees knocked down powerlines. 

One North Little Rock home located in the Argenta Historic District was completely demolished -being split into two when a 120-year-old tree came crashing down. 

“Suddenly I heard a cracking noise,” explains Darrin Owens, who lived in the home with his partner and cat, Raven. 

Owens says he was asleep in the front room with Raven, when he heard a loud voice telling him to get up.

“I heard someone say get up, but it wasn’t my partner,” says Owens. 

Owens, lived in a light blue “shotgun” replica home built sometime in the 1920’s.

“We think we are so secure in our homes and suddenly when you have nature coming in like that – it makes you think,” explains Owen. “I’m still in a little shock about it.” 

Owens describes the scene as something out of a Hollywood movie. He says he still can’t believe he lived through something like this. 

“I knew it was the big tree in front of our house and that’s when I started running for the back of the house,” says  Owen. “It was a matter of fight or flight and my body just started running.” 

Despite Wednesday night’s terrifying events, Owens says he feels blessed knowing he, his partner and Raven are here to tell their story. 

“We are alive and people have been supporting us,” Owens says. “We have a place to stay – there’s so many blessings right now.” 

Owens says the insurance company has them temporarily in a hotel, and he plans to fully move into his new place soon. 

He adds that his neighbors have been very supportive, and he is thankful for his community.  

“It’s just that perfect storm I guess that was able to topple this huge tree onto our house,” says Owens. 

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