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Community helps Kirkland widow after massive tree rips through house

Kirkland widow wakes up to massive tree through house

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, 78-year-old Erika Wolfkill said she awoke to a loud bang.

“It sounded like an earthquake was coming,” Wolfkill said.

High winds at 60 mph swept across parts of Western Washington and moved through the Puget Sound region, downing trees and knocking out power to at least 320,000 people at the height of the storm.

A large tree had ripped through Erika’s living room, kitchen and into a bedroom.

“It’s just been terrible. I just – I wish I could just find some help to get the tree off my house.”

Her cry for help was answered by neighbors and strangers alike.

After her interview aired, KOMO received multiple phone calls and emails from viewers wanting to help the widow of 28 years.

“I do feel alone, because my children aren’t around here. They live in Gig Harbor and Spokane,” Wolfkill said.

Soon, neighbors and friends poured into her Kirkland home. Neighbors cleaned up the debris from her living room and tarps were ordered to cover the holes in her roof.

Erika said she will stay with a friend until her roof is repaired, grateful for her health.

“Yes, that’s the main thing. I’m thankful for that," she said.

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