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21 people injured after a tree falls on a garage in Pasadena during birthday party

Posted at 8:21 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:36:22-04

PASADENA, Md. — 21 people, from age 2 to 78, are recovering after a tree fell on a garage during a child’s birthday party in Pasadena yesterday.

"It literally sounded like a train coming down the tracks and I looked out the front door and I could see a funnel," said neighbor Dawn Redloff.

Redloff describes the severe and sudden storm that hit her Lake Shore neighborhood Sunday afternoon, knocking down trees, power lines and blowing out her front door and window.

And just down the street, John Ferdock had some damage too.

"We heard a loud crash on top of the house. That’s when part of the maple tree fell on top of our house and took out part of the roof out back," said Ferdock.

Ferdock says thankfully even though they were home, no one was hurt.

That's not the case for his neighbors.

"It was heartbreaking," said Redloff.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials said the group was outside attending a child's birthday party when the storm hit and they sought shelter in the detached garage. Tha's when a large tree fell and crushed the building.

74 fire fighters responded to the collapse and three people needed to extricated using cribbing, power tools and air bags.

"The guys were unreal, cutting the building apart, getting people out of there," said Redloff.

19 adults and two children were injured, from just 2 years old to 78 years old. One adult suffered from a critical but believed to be non-life threatening injury. 6 patients have serious injuries and the 14 others were minor.

"There are some kids that are hurt but none that were so severely hurt, but some of the adults were trying to save their children, covering their children, getting on top of their children and literally taking the brunt of the building falling down on top of them was unreal and kudos to them," said Redloff.

Redloff applauds the fire department and community for their quick work to help out.

"The guys from the Chosen Sons of Pasadena... God bless them. The trees were coming down and the guys started cutting the trees down so the fire department could get through," said Redloff.

There are still lots of downed trees and power lines in the area. BGE is working to restore power.