Following a few days of high temperatures, the metro Atlanta region experienced dramatic shifts overnight into Monday morning, with severe winds and freezing temperatures.
A tree fell on a home in DeKalb County, killing a 5-year-old kid, due to strong winds and rain.
Zach is the boy’s name, according to his relatives.
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue received a report early this morning that a tree had fallen on a residence on Glenwood Road.
“Crews entered to perform a rescue and heard people shouting at the moment,” DeKalb Fire Department captain Jaeson Daniels said.
The mother was yelling for her five-year-old kid.
Although rescuers were unable to save the kid, they were able to bring the mother to safety. She was not hurt as a result of the incident.
“She was wandering about on scene when I arrived,” Daniels recalled, “but clearly, she was having some mental difficulties, having some troubles with the death of her kid.”
She couldn’t speak to reporters because she was too emotional, but she did give a family member permission to publish images of her son Zachary, also known as Zack.
According to his loved ones, he would have celebrated his 6th birthday shortly.
Heavy equipment came as the hours passed, allowing workers to stabilize the tree so that rescuers could retrieve the boy’s body.
The tree was brought down by the weather overnight, according to firefighters.
“We got a very significant breeze overnight, and obviously the rain that we’ve been experiencing has made the ground quite soft.”