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BCSO: 7-year-old girl dies after tree falls on Townsend home

First responders said the girl was found dead inside a bedroom after a tree fell on a home off Towns End Lane.

TOWNSEND, Tenn. — A young girl died Monday after deputies said a tree fell on a home in Townsend.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office and Townsend Fire Department, the incident happened at a home on Towns End Lane around 8:15 a.m., which is near the East Lamar Alexander Parkway entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

First responders said they responded to a tree falling on a home with a 7-year-old child trapped inside. When they arrived, deputies said they found the girl dead in a bedroom where the tree had fallen.

The BCSO said several other agencies responded, including AMR and the National Park Service, saying crews are now working to get the tree off the home.

Several trees were reported down across Blount and Sevier counties after being weighed down by snow. The BCSO said it had also responded to trees down across a road in Townsend around the same time.

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