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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – A 78-year-old woman was killed early Monday morning after a tree crashed through her Stafford County home during a storm.

Neighbor Karl Braun described the violent storm that woke him up in the middle of the night. He says he came outside to see a tree had fallen on his neighbor’s home.

“I opened up and I just saw it was like a Christmas tree lit up out here and I was like, ‘My God, what's going on?’”

Deputies responded to a rescue at the home on Doyle Place at approximately 1:43 a.m.

Upon arrival, Stafford County Fire and Rescue found the deceased female pinned underneath the tree.

Investigators say the woman and an 82-year-old male were asleep when the tree fell on the home. The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:02 a.m.

Braun says the victim was the type of woman that would do anything for you.

“She's a really, really, really nice lady,” said Braun. “I'm going to miss her.”

The elderly man was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Braun says the couple had lived there since the 1970s.

“Just a fluke. You know, I just could not believe a tree fell down and just went right through the house and killed her. Unbelievable,” said Braun.

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