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By: mobal , 3:42 PM GMT on October 20, 2007
MILLINGTON TWP. - A 12-month-old baby in a crib escaped injury after apparently being tossed 40 feet by a tornado that destroyed a Millington Township home and other property early today.
Millington Township fire officials were shocked to learn that the baby and the family whose home was destroyed were not injured as the tornado swept through southern Tuscola County damaging multiple homes, trees and knocking down power lines.
"Sometimes miracles happen," said Millington Township firefighter Dan Detgen during breakfast this morning with fellow emergency workers at a Millington restaurant shortly after officials left the scene.
"It did out there," added Millington Township Fire Chief Ron Daenzer. The damage to the Millington Township home off Barnes Road between Irish and Fulmer roads took place around 1 a.m. today.
The emergency call came through as a home destroyed with a baby missing. By the time firefighters arrived, a neighbor had found the baby in an overturned crib under a pile of debris about 40 feet from the home, Daenzer said.
The family apparently was asleep in this rural area of open space and corn fields when the storm hit. The parents apparently fell one story down, but were able to walk out unharmed. The family and baby were examined at a local hospital and all were fine, Daenzer said. The 11/2-story home was nearly leveled as nothing was standing higher than six feet.
"I don't know why nobody was killed when you look at the devastation," Daenzer said. "But everybody's OK."
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Friday, October 19, 2007
By Kim Crawford and Matt BachJournal Staff Writers
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