Wednesday, February 26 2014, 07:04 PM EST
Family Pet Survives Storm Beneath Collapsed Roof
People in Ft. Payne woke up Friday morning to a twisted mess of metal at the Jet Polymer plant.
The winds toyed with semi truck trailers, hurling them into this building.
"When I come in today, I seen five trailers stacked up on top of each other on our front lawn," said Bean Mitchell, the plant manager.
Half the plant remained open, while other workers cleaned up debris.
"Its bad, but we'll get over it," said Mitchell, "we're working right through it."
The storm pushed by the polymer plant, destroyed an unused water treatment plant, and snapped a telephone pole. Debris and material was then launched into a nearby creek.
"It sounded like it was going to blow my house away," said Doris Edwards, who lives on Green Valley Circle.
She hardly slept last night.
"I was laying in bed while the storm was going on praying to God to keep us all safe," said Edwards.
The storm destroyed two homes on Doris's street, but spared all the lives.
"I said we're alive," said Carolyn McBrayer.
She was trapped inside her kitchen when the roof to her home blew off.
"This is insulation," said McBrayer pointing to material in her hair, "It was all in my eyes. They washed my eyes out in the ambulance."
She and her husband, Troy, escaped with only minor injuries, but their home was demolished.
"We thought he hadn't made it," said Janet Guerra.
Guerra's sister in law's house was leveled- one family member missing.
Scrunchy, the family dog was trapped in his cage.
He had been under the collapsed roof for almost 8 hours.
"We just thought all that debris on him, there is no way," said Guerra.
Some of the neighborhood kids had heard scrunchy's cries for help, but he couldn't be reached.
"My sister in law was saying, well Janet, he's in his little cage, he might just you know, he just might make it," said Guerra.
Our cameras rolled as three city workers climbed into the shaky section of what's left of the house, and with the help of a back hoe..
"Oh I'm so glad to see him," said Guerra.
Scrunchy was finally pulled to safety.
"I'm glad, I'm glad he's ok," said Guerra.
The Red Cross is assisting both families that were displaced by the storm.