When a tree falls on a house, it can be incredibly disorienting for anyone inside. One second, everything is perfectly normal. The next, the ground is shaking, the roof is collapsing, and bits of debris and branches start raining down.
Yet in all that chaos, one heroic 9-year-old Canadian boy managed to save his sister second before being killed after a giant, 200-year-old oak tree split in half under the extreme weight of the snow and came crashing down on their Vancouver home.
Brady McMullen and his 7-year-old sister Lainey were playing games in the living room this past Wednesday morning since school had been canceled for a rare snow day. “It just happened in a flash,” the 9-year-old said. “We started to hear just rumbling like an earthquake,” said their father, Tom McMullen, who was upstairs at the time. “The roof was breaking,” Brady added. “I started to hear crashing and snow and branches falling on the roof little by little.”
Brady managed to grab Lainey just before a piece of sharp wood fell in the exact spot she was in and forced her over to the front door where their parents met them. “One of the tresses just popped out of the nails and just came down like a guillotine,” Tom said. “It was puncturing the ottoman where they were sitting, so it could have been – it could have been pretty bad.”
“It was traumatic. You wake up and they’re screaming, my wife was screaming, so I just started screaming and I just thought the worst,” Tom said. “[We] yanked the front door open and the neighbors were there, we tossed the kids to the neighbors and then we got out with what we could.” While the house was destroyed, the family is just thankful they all made it out alive.
“I’m just super proud that he, in those couple seconds, just grabbed her and ran,” Tom said about Brady. “I’ve just never seen a tree this big split in half.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible way this little boy managed to save his sister.
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