A group of firefighters in Wilmington, North Carolina, knelt and prayed outside the home where a mother and her infant died when a tree fell Friday.

They were the first known deaths attributed to Tropical Storm Florence, which was a Category 1 hurricane when it struck the city, reported by CNN.

The father was injured in the incident and was transported to a hospital, officials said.

Hurricane Florence is being blamed for taking several lives in North Carolina, including that of a woman and infant child who were killed when a massive tree crashed through their modest brick home early Friday. A man electrocuted while plugging in a generator during a heavy rain and another knocked down by wind were among the other casualties reported from the monster storm lashing the Southeast.

The tree’s massive size required special equipment from rescuers also battling whipping winds and pelting rain to extricate them. Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Steve Mason said the victims died at the scene.

the home where a woman and her baby were killed by a fallen tree in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The home where a woman and her baby were killed by a fallen tree in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

“The size of the tree is not something you could simply cut with a chainsaw and remove and then quickly extricate,” he said. “It required a tremendous amount of heavy lifting, airbags and saws.”

CNN and AP contributed to this report.

See also:

Sign up to receive our latest news!

  • SMS / PHONE

    By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.