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Rock slide demolishes buildings

Dec. 16, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

CEREDO -- Two medics and a neighboring police officer are in need of assistance this week, just days after a massive rock slide crushed their garages, sheds and a portion of the medics' house Sunday afternoon near Ceredo, along Hubbards Branch Road.

Bryan Lewis, a paramedic, was home alone when he heard the first rock hit. He walked outside, saw damage to his garage and soon heard the crackling of what became an avalanche of rock.

"It was just a loud crash," he said. "It came down all at once ... I just tried to get as close to the road and as far away from the hillside as I could."

The slide destroyed Lewis' garage, storage shed and the back wall of his house. It crushed Christmas gifts and other items belonging to his family of five, which consists of three children ages 4 to 8 and his wife, an emergency medical technician at Cabell County EMS.

The story was much the same next door, where the slide destroyed two vehicles parked in Trent Damron's garage, along with a boat and a shed. The Kenova police officer's cruiser also received damage. He considered the word "terrible" an understatement.

Damron lives at the residence with his pregnant wife and her daughter, who first notified Damron of the damage with a phone call.

"How did she phrase it, 'The whole landscape had changed,'" he recalled. "She pretty much hit the nail on the head."

Lewis expressed frustration with early reports that his homeowner's insurance would not cover the loss. He worried the insurance company would stand firm on a belief the rock slide was the product of earth movement, something not covered by their policy.

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