Tuesday 24 April 2018

'We could have been killed' - Father describes lucky escape as flying roof crashes into house

"It’s unbelievable, we’re so lucky it didn’t come any further"

Images from the terrifying incident
Images from the terrifying incident

Mary McDonnell

STORM winds are so strong in Cobh, Co. Cork that a roof was blown into a family’s back garden.

Mark Flanagan, (44) a medic with the Irish navy, said he’s lucky no one was killed when a the roof crashed down with a "massive bang".

He told Independent.ie: “I was sitting in the sitting room and heard a massive bang. I thought our main roof was after coming in. The width of it is from fence to fence.

“It’s unbelievable, we’re so lucky it didn’t come any further. If we were in the kitchen or back garden we could have been killed. (My 17-year-old daughter) got an awful fright."

The father of two said there is no telling how far the roof was blown across before it landed in his garden.

He said: “We called to (neighbours’) homes and checked gardens – all sheds are intact. 

Images from the terrifying incident
Images from the terrifying incident

“Just looking out the window, it’s astronomical, it’s absolutely huge. It’s like the roof of a house.

“It was like a big rumble, like something just collapsing like the attic was coming in on top of us.

Images from the terrifying incident
Images from the terrifying incident

We just hope there’s no further damage.”

The father of two said Cobh has been hit hard.

He lost power around 2:30pm but it was restored around 6.30pm.

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