Cedarville family trapped in flattened farmhouse

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Emergency crews from across the Miami Valley converged on Cedarville Tuesday afternoon after an apparent tornado touchdown.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office reports two houses with heavy damage.

Firefighters searched the rubble of one of the homes at Barber and Weimer roads.  The Cedarville police chief says seven people were trapped inside the house and had to be freed. Their injuries are reported to be minor.  There is heavy damage to barns as well.

Family trapped when house damaged in tornado.  (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edme)
Family trapped when house damaged in tornado. (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edme)

Roger Dobbins, 71, told 2 NEWS he, his wife, a friend, and her three children, ages 7, 9 and 13 were in the home.  He says a pet dog and cat are missing, but two others are OK.

Dobbins says once he saw the storm coming, he and his family headed for the basement.

“I know the rules, so we all went in and went down to the cellar and hunkered down together and felt the wall shake and rain come over we knew something had happened we just didn’t know how bad but to come out and see this it’s a little devastating but like I said it can all be rebuilt,” said Shary Dobbins.

They stayed there until first responders got them out safely.  He said he could hear them coming for his family and friends, so he knew his family would be saved.

At least a dozen emergency crews were on the scene who came from across the Miami Valley to assist.

The farmer says the two story home has been in his family since the 1880s and has withstood its fair share of severe weather.

Tonight’s tornado ripped through that home taking with it the barn and silo.

Cedarville’s police chief he’s never seen anything like it.  “For me actually seeing the thing was unbelievable you watch it on television, you see em on television all the time and when you see it and actually know it’s destroying things, you have a whole other respect for it.”

The fire chief says half a dozen buildings were damaged in the Cedarville area.  He says they will be back out first thing Thursday morning to survey the damage.

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