Family-of-five's home nearly demolished by huge oak tree

The end terrace was left in ruins after the tree suddenly toppled over.

Photos showed teams of emergency services desperately trying to remove the enormous oak, which is about six-feet taller than the building - writes itv.com.

It was eventually pulled out after special equipment was used to cut it into pieces - leaving behind the ruined side wall of the house, in Crawley, West Sussex.

We were called to reports that a large oak tree had fallen on to a house at 12.30pm. On arrival it was clear it had caused severe damage.

There were no injuries but a family of five were displaced and two neighbouring properties were also evacuated.

The Red Cross was also requested to help.

– WEST SUSSEX FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Tree surgeons were called in to cut away as much of the oak as possible, before the rest was pulled out.

Heavy machinery including trucks and a JCB were also used during the recovery operation.

The fallen tree tore a huge hole through the top half of the side wall and internal breeze blocks were also exposed by the crush.

But it is still a mystery why the tree, which was growing about 15 feet away from the house, toppled over.

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