Family safe after strong winds rip off roof of Johnson County home

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 11:48 PM

JOSHUA, Texas -- A young family was fortunate to make it out of their mobile home with only scrapes and bruises after powerful winds ripped through their neighborhood on Thursday afternoon.

Kelsey White-Fryer, her husband, Jeremy, and their newborn, Alexis, were inside their home off Jan Lane when straight-line winds came crushing through and ripped off the roof.

"There it is, 75 yards away," Kelsey said. "I'm just glad my baby is okay. It was really scary."

Husband Jeremy was inside the bedroom taking a nap. Mom and child were inside the living room.

"We just called 911 and came running out," Kelsey said.

"The house pretty much imploded," Jeremy added.

Johnson County Emergency Operations Manager Jamie Moore said three proprieties along Jan Lane sustained damage.

One lost a back fence and back porch, while the other had a shed topple over into a nearby field.

"It was just right here -- strange thing," he said.

The Red Cross arrived early in the evening to assist the family. They will stay in a local motel for a few nights, then move in with relatives in the area.

The family says they just paid off the mobile home and are not insured. 

Neighbors vowed to help them piece their lives back together. 

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