Tree falls on Burke home, pinning woman in bed

 Tuesday, February 14, 2012

As temperatures plunged, and a bitter wind howled through Burke’s Lavery Court neighborhood early Sunday morning, Dave Johnston heard a strange noise. "There was a rumbling," he says. "Sounded like a branch sweeping across a roof." It was much more than a branch. Around 1:30 a.m., an enormous three-foot-wide tree crashed onto the roof of his neighbor’s house across the street. It plunged right through, and sliced a deep gouge in the home, like a knife through butter. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Captain Willie Bailey surveyed the damage Sunday morning.