EF-0 tornado blamed for damage to Portland Fire Department - WKRN News 2

EF-0 tornado blamed for damage to Portland Fire Department

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2013 3:15 PM CST

The National Weather Service in Nashville confirmed Monday that damage to Portland's fire department building Sunday night was caused by an EF-0 tornado.

The tornado, with winds around 70 miles-per-hour, tore the roof off the fire hall and caused minor damage to a church before landing more than 100 yards away in a family's yard.

"We heard a big boom and when we came out, we couldn't see past our trees," recalled homeowner Dusty Altrip. "The people who live in those apartments, a woman said she seen it, seen a piece of metal coming straight for our house. It went by the trees and the trees stopped it. I thank God for those trees. It would have hit our house."

Director of Sumner County Emergency Management Agency Ken Weidner told News 2 there were no injuries, but six residents were placed in a hotel by the Red Cross after their homes located near the fire hall sustained damage.

West added the storm damage has not affected daily operations at the fire department.

"Fortunately there wasn't any damage to our equipment or anything, or personnel or anything," he said.

Officials said the firefighters will still be able to stay in the fire hall's living quarters during repairs.

"We got tarps temporarily covering it and there's no forecast of any other rain. There's not a lot of water damage in their living quarters, so I think they'll be okay tonight," West said.

Damages are estimated to be around $100,000.

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