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Florida Woman Dies After Tree Falls On Home While She Was Sleeping

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Stock image of tree hitting house. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Stock image of tree hitting house. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Police say a large oak tree fell on a central Florida house, killing a woman who was asleep in the bedroom.

Sanford police say the tree fell around 2:30 a.m. near Memory Court and Knudsen Drive on Wednesday.

Orlando television station 13 News reports the woman’s fiancé was in another part of the house and escaped without injury. Rescue crews were also able to rescue the couple’s cat.

Police say it took several hours for crews to make their way into the house because the tree was so large.

“They were having difficulty getting to her,” Sanford police spokesperson Trekelle Perkins told the station. “The surrounding residents were removed, evacuated — the reason being the tree was so large, they didn’t want it to, I guess, damage their homes or damage anything else.”

Investigators say they don’t know what caused the tree to fall.

The name of the woman has not been released.

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