Tim Cavender, spokesman for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, said one of the girls was in serious condition after the tree fell through the house and landed on her back.
“The 14-year-old female was lying on a bed when the tree fell through the roof and landed across her lower back, preventing her from escaping,” Cavender said in a news release. “Firefighters were able to rescue the 2-year-old quickly and later transported her by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta with minor abrasions.”
Cavender said city and county firefighters responded to the call just before 8 a.m. Saturday, as the county was under a tornado warning, at the Poplar Valley Mobile Home Park, west of Woodstock off Highway 92.
After pulling the toddler to safely, Cavender said, rescuing the teen proved more difficult.
“A portion of the tree had also gone through the floor. Firefighters had to stabilize the tree before beginning the rescue,” Cavender said.
According to Capt. Mike Malone, a Cherokee County firefighter, an air bag was brought in to lift the tree off the teenager, Cavender said.
Once the tree had been lifted, the teen was pulled to safety and taken by ambulance to Children’s Egleston Hospital in Atlanta in serious condition.
Part of Highway 92 was blocked off until emergency personnel got both girls to safety.