B.C. windstorm: Abbotsford man left homeless after tree crashes through roof

An Abbotsford, B.C. man says he's lucky to be alive after a tree crashed through the roof of his home during a powerful windstorm Wednesday night.

Sam Bridge says he's being put up in a motel until Sunday

Sam Bridge's home was destroyed when a tree fell on it during a windstorm. (B.C. Tree Service)

An Abbotsford, B.C. man says he's lucky to be alive after a tree crashed through the roof of his home during a powerful windstorm Wednesday night. 

Sam Bridge, 46, says he was sleeping when he heard what he thought was an explosion. 

"I was lucky I wasn't killed," he said. "[The tree] didn't hit me, but a cement chimney landed at the end of my bed."

Bridge says he wasn't injured, but he's pretty shaken up.

"I was thinking about how fortunate I was that the tree didn't come over another three or four feet — it was that close," he said. "It just completely smashed the roof and fell right into the kitchen."

Bridge says he relies on disability payments. The house, which he was renting for $600 a month, was completely destroyed. 

"Right now I'm in a Super 8 motel. I've been put up by social services but it runs out on Sunday," he said. A woman in Port Moody, B.C., was killed Thursday morning when a tree landed on her house

The untimely death of Jill Calder was met with disbelief and shock by her colleagues and the community. 

With files from Deborah Goble

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