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Firefighters pray at home where falling tree killed a mother and infant during Florence

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by ABC7/Stephen Loiaconi/Circa

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Firefighters stopped to pray as they worked at the scene where a mother and baby were killed after a tree fell on their house in North Carolina during Florence.

A mother and an infant were killed after tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father, was recovered from the home and transported to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries.

At a news conference, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the mother and her approximately 8-month-old infant were killed after a tree fell onto the house, crushing them.

Despite what Evangelous described as an “intense” multi-agency rescue effort, the mother and child died before they could be removed from the home. Their identities have not been released.

“The rescue effort was so intense that a FEMA task force that had been pre-deployed to the area assisted with the recovery effort,” said Wilmington Fire Department Chief Steve Mason.

According to Mason, the victims were trapped by both the very large tree and pieces of the roof of the house.

“It was not something you could cut with a chainsaw and remove,” he said.

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