Trees falls, destroys musicians' home

8:39 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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Singers and songwriters Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle have pretty much heard it all. Now, they've seen it all after a 70-foot tree punched a gaping hole in their home Wednesday afternoon around 6:30 p.m.

Barbra said, "If we had been anywhere other than where we were in the house then we probably wouldn't be standing here today."

The couple had been resting in their living room, but they had not been there long. Minutes before the tree toppled, Barbra and Pirkle were in other areas on the home.

Barbra said, "I have two broken ribs right now and so I've been kind of on bed rest. Luckily, I got up at 5 p.m. and went to the couch and laid down about 6:00 p.m."

Pirkle said, "I had just put some supper on the stove to get started and I went into the living room and sat on the couch watch TV with Jeff."

The bed where Barbra had been lying is now covered with boards and a ceiling fan. In the kitchen, a large tree limb extends from the stove to the refrigerator-- the area where Barbra had been standing.

As the couple walked through their home of nearly a decade, they remembered the good times they've shared with friends and fellow musicians.

"We recorded two albums in there, in that little tiny house," said Pirkle.

Out of the mess Mother Nature has left behind could possibly rise a new song for the musical couple.

Barbra said, "You've got to write the sad songs along with the happy songs so maybe this will be a melancholy song. We've at least got a blessing out of it realizing we did make it out alive."

Barbra and Pirkle were already planning to build another home on their 10 acres of land. The duo says it appears that's now going to happen sooner rather than later.

Friends of Barbra and Pirkle are planning to collect donations to help the couple, who say they did have home insurance.


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